Triptych, May​/​July 2009

by Simon Cummings

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Lasting 25 minutes, Triptych, May/July 2009 is an expressionistic electronic study concerned with the nature (and fallibility) of remembrance. Taking its starting point from an image of the composer's late father, the work's three panels explore different, but related, sound-worlds.

The first, Figment, occupies a deep, narrow frequency field, from which a mysterious and somewhat inscrutable music emerges, its material at times quite difficult to make out. Longest and loudest of the three, the central panel, Icon, continually shifts and evolves, its richly glittering noise forming ever new shapes and resonances, punctuated by fragments of melody. The work concludes with Vestige, where soft, distant flute-like tones sing out into the darkness.

The Triptych is dedicated to the memory of Danielle Baquet-Long, 1983–2009.


released September 2, 2009

digital version released 29 January 2010
Opus 19
Interrobang i01
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