KATHLEEN, AS SHE WAS



Performed By: Cynthia Green Libby, oboe and Peter F. Collins, harpsichord

Instrumentation:
Oboe, harpsichord

Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds

Premiere:
Cynthia Green, oboe, Barbara Harbach, harpsichord

Available From:
ECS Publishing, distributed by Canticle Distributing. Recordings available: KATHLEEN, AS SHE WAS "Daystream Dances" Cynthia Green Libby, oboe; Peter Collins, piano Hester Park CD 7707 P.O. Box 157 Readfield, WI 54969 1 800 543-5429

Composer's Notes:
Rockwell Kent’s 1924 journal, Voyaging, is an account by the illustrator of Moby Dick, of his personal voyage southward from the Strait of Magellan in his boat the Kathleen. My fantasy for oboe and harpsichord (keyboard), is inspired by Kent’s woodcut of his boat which he titled “Kathleen, As She Was.”  The Kathleen (named for Kent’s wife) is shown in her original state, a life boat, aboard the larger frigate Lonsdale. My composition, Kathleen, As She Was, explores the notion of a smaller idea liberated from a larger idea, developing and changing through the suggestion of direction.
 
The piece centers on a grace note gesture “a” to “b.” This musical gesture is kin to the tugging of a boat at its mooring, a metaphor for the musical idea tugging to free itself from the larger idea.
 
— Libby Larsen

Score Errata:
m. 24, letter 4, tempo marking should be dotted quarter = quarter