Lineage (2017)

solo cello 8'

Commissioned by One Quiet Plunge

Premiere April 2017, SUNY New Paltz, NY

Inspired by the music and research of music trailblazer Ruth Crawford Seeger, and the songs and text of her son Pete Seeger.

The piece is in three movements; the first movement adapts modernist musical ideas from Ruth Crawford Seeger's own compositions; the second movement is an arrangement of one of her folk song transcriptions; the third movement is a recomposition of Pete Seeger's song 'Last Train to Nuremburg'. The cello has a small singing part in this last section.