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The receding line in a Bruegel sky


7' , 2021

Bruegel the Elder's villagers go about their activities. Above them the sky floats, unassuming and nearly empty, though rendered with a rich tapestry of self-similar colors and brush strokes. This sky, which frames the painting and thus for the spectator closes it in, at the same time opens for the villagers their scene onto the vast, infinite expanse. Now and then a villager looks up at the sky, as though to be reminded of its presence, to see in its emptiness a mirror of the world.

Score sample.

Composed for and premiered by Andrew Anderson on the occasion of House on Fire's inaugural concert at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena on December 17, 2021.

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