A Far Cry – Jones: Three Views of a Mountain (Kip Jones, violin & Karl Doty, bass)



Kip Jones: Three Views of a Mountain — Concerto for Violin, Double Bass, and String Orchestra

Notes by the composer & violinist, Kip Jones: “Three Views of a Mountain is a concerto in three movements, arranged fast-slow-fast, that highlights the common ground between the two most disparate members of the string instrument family. It opens with the soloists, together as a speeding train, dodging large blocks of harmony from the orchestra. The entire first movement is a study of permutations, twisting and manipulating its stark themes in an overt and simple way. For me, it is childlike anticipation. The second movement is based on a twenty-two beat clave, ticking away silently in the musicians’ minds underneath a folk song, played against its own skeleton; the effect is a many- layered, untrustworthy environment: fearing no evil but still, after all, walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Whereas the first movement is anxiety and expectation, this is the experience itself, skipping a beat every so often to remind the consciousness: This Is Really Happening. The third movement, to be symmetrical, is the hike down from the summit. Retrospect, not necessarily accurate, creates an emotional framework through which we understand and redefine past experience. It opens with the soloists, both pizzicato, commenting on a new theme played pianissimo by the violas. Back at the tempo of the opening, multiple metric puzzle-pieces are fit together to foreshadow the final hocketing relationship between the soloists and orchestra. Ultimately, our present self is hurled forward out of the past, against our will, contrary to the famous last sentence of The Great Gatsby. It’s a real joy to present this work with A Far Cry, whose integrity, dedication, and sound are a great inspiration to me. It’s another joy to perform it with Karl Doty, who in addition to being a superlative double-bassist is also a true friend. A hearty thank-you goes to both of them, as well as to you, listener, for your time and attention. ”

Filmed & recorded live at Boston’s Jordan Hall on February 24, 2012 by Simon C. Yue.

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  • Was someone singing somehing in this song?

    Prof.Yamorin February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply
  • Einfach fantastisch. Davon kann ich immer wieder mehr hören.
    Klassisk musik når det er bedst. 

    Jørgen Hartig February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply
  • Bellingham, WA performance last night was very refreshing and inspiring, – particularly the Ljova and Kip Jones pieces. Thank you and Bravo and Bravissimo! 

    Stasys Rastonis February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply
  • I heard you in Bellingham WA USA last night.  So happy that you came up here to perform!  Wonderful!  Stunning!  And this composition is amazing!  

    YScott Madsen February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply
  • Love, love, love this piece!

    Rhea Becker February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply
  • cool piece!! wow.

    Y February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply
  • lovely piece!

    some page February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply
  • Wonderful! I enjoyed the freedom to move from folk melodies to jazz licks.

    Boyd Gibson February 13, 2020 1:54 am Reply

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