Nothing Forgotten-pgs3-7-secure08 Nothing Forgotten (1_59 excerpt)
Nothing Forgotten takes its title from part of a long poem by Jordan Smith (“A Lesson from the Hudson River School: Glens Falls, New York, 1848” from An Apology for Loving the Old Hymns, Princeton University Press, 1982). The complete sentence reads: “You see, what scares me / about this landscape is that nothing is new, / nothing forgotten, nothing lost, / and nothing changes.”

The piece is in three interlinked movements, played without a break. Each movement has a subtitle, again taken from Jordan Smith’s poem:

1. Andante maestoso
“as if the granite were / some half-forgotten spirit”

2. Allegretto
“all that light caught forever in the pine boughs /
bound between the stones and current”

3. Andante recitativo – Larghetto flessibile
“the mesh of branches, root, and sky”

Windows into two traditional Adirondack songs are included in the piece: towards the beginning, “The Jam on Gerry’s Rock” as transcribed in Adirondack Voices, by Robert D. Bethke (University of Illinois Press, 1981), and, towards the end, a free version of “Miner Hill” (which itself bears close resemblance to the lumbering ballad, “Blue Mountain Lake”). – HT

Nothing Forgotten was commissioned by Adirondack Ensemble (Michael Dabroski, Lisa Spilde, Ovidiu Marinescu, and Daniel Weiser) and received its premiere by the Adirondack Ensemble, December 7, 1997, at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York.

Performed here by Matthew Jones, viola; Thomas Carroll, cello; Michael Hampton, piano. (Audio excerpt is the beginning.)

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