"'Rudolf Steiner's blackboard drawings are a huge inspiration to me," Thomas explains. Commissioned by the Steiner Archives, The Soul is Light takes its name from Steiner's drawing of the same title. "From out of a timeless universe within a black background," Thomas reflects, "Steiner's beautiful work with its colorful, vivid lines (which look and feel as if they are still in motion by the hand that drew them) remind us of a spiritual world. Some objects are close, others timelessly far away. Shapes are improvisatory, yet concrete....This trio lasts just a brief time during which materials evolve, transform and shift from calm to bold, ritualistic to elegant, and majestic to playful."
Augusta Read ThomasPrior to the Dornach premiere, Thomas travels to Germany to attend lectures and portrait concerts as she serves a brief composer residency at the Musikseminars Hamburg. Thomas's next world premiere takes place on 18 January 2007, as pianist Lang Lang presents Traces, at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA.
The Soul is Light 8'
Violin, oboe, harp