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a leaf falls

by Erik Griswold

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a leaf falls, for cello and percussion quartet

The title “a leaf falls” is taken from the e.e. cummings poem with the first line “l(a.” I once set that poem to music in a piece for men’s choir. It reads “l (a leaf falls) oneliness.” Though I’ve never really lived in a place with an autumn, I nevertheless feel a sense of nostalgia for the coming of autumn, the leaves turning bright oranges and reds, and is it a sense of emptiness when the leaves fall? Eugene Carchesio captured something like this sense beautifully in his “Dead leaves of Tokyo” series. I enjoy raking the leaves in my backyard, it’s a kind of meditation. And who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves? Thanks to John Addison for all his creative input and guidance, and thanks to Soundstream, Early Warning System, Clocked Out, and Australia Council for supporting the work.
Erik Griswold 31 August 2011


released November 30, 2011

Cellist John Addison
Percussionists Early Warning System
Director Vanessa Tomlinson
Nozomi Omote
Rebecca Lloyd-Jones
Cameron Kennedy

Recorded November 2011 at Queensland Conservatorium Theatre
Executive Producer Erik Griswold
Producer Kim Cunio
Engineer Phil Snow
Mix Kim Cunio and Phil Snow
Mastering Dave Neill

Cover image by Eugene Carchesio


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Erik Griswold Brisbane, Australia

Every object has two functions - to be put to use and to be possessed...The last note of one phrase sometimes serves as the first note of the next one...As a garden is full of flowers, so this species of counterpoint should be full of excellences of all kinds, a plastic melodic line, liveliness of movement, and beauty and variety of form.... ... more

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