Jane Antonia Cornish: Duende
The music of Jane Antonia Cornish contains powerful extremes. The three works on this album – Duende, In Luce, and Clair-Obscur – evoke archetypal themes of light and darkness, themes that are explored by chamber music ensembles: a piano trio, a string quartet, and violin and piano.
A haunting and meditative sound world imbues the evocative piano trio Duende. From sublime and delicate tranquility to deft musical abandon, the work’s multi-dimensional trajectory is encapsulated in an overall arc of structural, harmonic, and philosophical unity. The title is borrowed from the work’s literary inspiration: Federico García Lorca’s prose collection In Search of Duende, and is suggestive of the Spanish writer’s use of the concept of duende as a metaphor for the search of artistic essence through the trinity of the poet, muse and angel. Lorca writes “Everything that has black sounds in it, has duende.” Oscillating between moments of contemplative stasis and intricate rhythmic freneticism, Duende embraces a complex rhythmic and melodic profile that unfolds over the course of its four movements.