March 30 2012
Ray Jackendoff and Sarah Freiberg
Early in 2011 a series of events—concerts, symposia, lectures—was organized in San Francisco to honor American composer Andrew Imbrie. Largely devoted to his compositions the festival also presented work composed in his memory by composer/colleagues. For the first of these concerts I was commissioned to write a modest piece for cello and bass clarinet. The new piece, performed in March 2011 was entitled “Ephemera”.
Following that first performance, I had immediate thoughts about revising and clarifying the textures and gestures of the duo, and I scored the new version for Cello and Bassett Horn and called it “Ephemerid”. The title word ephemerid refers to a group of delicate insects with gauzy wings (such as May Flies), which live for only a few hours or a few days, although the larvae can live for several years. The first performance of “Ephemerid” was given in March of 2012.
It was Ray Jackendoff, eminent linguist, who persuaded me to continue indulging my second thoughts and to fashion a new version for Cello and Bassett Horn. I am grateful to him.