Anna Rubin

for piccolo, flute, clarinet in Bb, violin, viola, cello, and piano

ca. 10'30"




Dreaming Fire, Tasting Rain (1995) for flute (piccolo), clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, cello and piano was written while I was working on my Ph.D at Princeton University. The Nash Ensemble of London premiered the work at Princeton in 1996. The images of fire and rain translated into a variety of musical textures – sometimes serene and sometimes jagged and thorny. In the opening, heterophonic or layered melodies surge and then subside. A middle section begins with the lonely sound of the piccolo against spiky cello pizzicati and then builds to a driving pulsed rhythm. The music then eases into a lyrical cello melody against a background of rolling piano chords and flute and violin countermelodies.

The piece has been performed at Oberlin College Conservatory, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Heidelberg College Festival of Women.