• Stuart MacRae
  • Three Pictures (2005)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • 2(pic:afl)2(ca)2(Ebcl:bcl)2(cbn)2200timp.percstr[8.6.4.4.2]
  • 21 min

Programme Note

The title of this piece does not refer to pictures in the real sense, but to imaginary or mental pictures. The first two pieces explore the same conceptual image from opposing perspectives: one looking at events or objects of great activity or detail as if from a great distance; the other looking at similar events/objects from within. The first perspective has the implication of slowness, and the eternal; the second of constant, fizzing change and the ephemeral. I had, in particular, images from nature in mind, such as the constant yet infinitely changeable shapes of the sea, or of trees, or of fields of grass blown by the wind.

The remaining piece is more programmatic – albeit impressionistically – and is based on an astonishingly vivid description of a (possibly imaginary) painting from Solzhenitsyn’s novel The First Circle.

© 2005 Stuart MacRae

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