In outlining his second artistic principle – Quickness – Italo Calvino describes himself as “a Saturn who dreams of being a Mercury,” an older man predisposed to introversion and melancholy who nonetheless aspires to the speed and agility of the young god in winged sandals.
That image tweaked a musical response from me last February, and the result was Saturn Dreams of Mercury, a string trio that the Atlantic Ensemble will premiere in Cookeville, TN next Monday. I have a great history with this ensemble – Wei Tsun Chang and Seanad Dunigan Chang have been playing my music for about twenty years – and we had a good time reconnecting in a Skype rehearsal a few weeks ago. I’ll be coming ‘round the mountains on Sunday for more rehearsal and premiere. More ‘bout it next time.