Woodwind Quintet No. 2, Scenes after Hart Crane
Composed by Anthony Iannaccone
Published by Tenuto Publications
Includes score and parts
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn in F, and Bassoon
The three movements of WOODWIND QUINTET NO. 2, SCENES AFTER HART CRANE evoke images drawn from Hart Crane's collection of poems entitled The Bridge. Crane saw the Brooklyn Bridge as a symbol of the transcendent vision and the reaching-out spirit that underlie, in the poet's words, “the Myth of America.” Throughout this work, the poet imbues his symbols with multi-level meanings and personifications.
The first movement, The Bridge, is inspired by Crane's picture of a “silver-paced” and “sleepless” pathway, beginning in city streets and anchored in river mud, but soaring like a seagull, its “cables breathe the North Atlantic” breezes. It becomes a “rip-tooth of the sky's acetylene” and a “harp and alter, of the fury fused… vaulting the sea.”
The second movement, The Harbor Dawn, places us in a setting that Crane calls “this legato, in which images blur as objects only half apprehended on the border of sleep and consciousness…” The scene is one of a gradual awakening on several planes, physical-erotic, chronological (daytime sun overcomes morning fog), and poetic, as veiled dream-impressions give way to concrete perceptions of the waking poet.
The third movement, Atlantis, takes its energy from the sweeping optimism of Crane's final poem of the set. The poem recalls the feelings of majesty, grace, and ecstasy that Crane associated with his bridge. He wrote that he “attempted to induce the same feelings of elation… like being carried forward and upward simultaneously, both in imagery and rhythm… that one experiences in walking across my beloved Brooklyn Bridge.”