Monday, July 14, 2014

Aire

The Flute and Fagot Ensembles of the Stedelijke Academie Voor Podiumkunsten Adriaan Willaert (STAP) in Roesalare, Belgium performed last February this piece by the American composer Lewis A. Cocher: Aire



The ensembles were directed by Koen Brouns and Koen Coppé, respectively. The composer who pointed us to this video has also clarified for us its Brontë connections:
Titled "Aire", the title itself is a play on words: this work for woodwind ensemble is inspired by the novel "Jane Eyre". In my mind as I wrote the piece, I thought of the conversations between Jane and Helen Burns, and I pictured a contrast between Jane's early child love for fantasy and picture-books, and Helen's firm grip upon the reality of life...and death.

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