— Mikhail Glinka
A review I neglected to share here: Spektral Quartet plays into the juxtapositions with Experiments in Living.
Lieutenant Columbo appeared in my dream last night. “Well, this is all interesting, Mr Henning, but since this is a dream of yours, it’s not going to be of much use in my case, I’m afraid. Thanks all the same.” It did not occur to me until I had awakened, that he might perhaps have considered me a suspect.
In June of 2018, I finished the first movement, The Nerves of a Symphony for Band. In November, I would suffer a severe stroke. As I was in rehab, and mentally wishing to return to composing, I had a wisp of an idea for the second movement, The Heart.
In the spring of 2020, for a call for scores, I prepared a different scoring of The Nerves (no, my submission went nowhere—but then, the original scoring is specific to a local ensemble who have not acknowledged the piece in any way. so we might well say it has gone nowhere. period.)
That bootless arrangement done, I began composing The Heart, and yet in a way not at all reflecting my February 2019 thoughts. I have not yet resumed work, but am fixin’ to. My listening of late has included Rued Langgaard’s Sfærernes Musik, Hovhaness’ Symphony № 20, Op.223 « Three Journeys to a Holy Mountain » and Weinberg’s Symphony № 20, Op. 150. These have inspired me to return to The Heart, and indeed to take up properly my original musical idea.
As yet unknown is whether I keep my May 2020 material or jettison it.