Friday, September 14, 2007

Rush Patrick's Vision

Sara Doncaster (1964 - )

“The music of what happens,” said great Fionn, “that is the finest music in the world.”
--James Stephens, Irish Fairy Stories

"Rush Patrick’s Vision" was inspired by the view around me while sitting at the foundation of an old farm on a high pasture on my family's farm in Irasburg. The first half of the piece is restless and turbulent, somewhat fragmented, suggesting the starkness, severity and isolation often prevalent living on a high mountain farm. The second half of the piece begins with lyrical, introspective lines, inspired by the hills, the sky and the wind from the high mountain vista. This slower music introduces a contrapuntal section based on a long, ascending theme accompanied by several countersubjects. Rush Patrick’s Vision culminates with an intense stretto then ends peacefully, symbolizing the mystical healing power of the land and the spiritual strength gained from the work accomplished there. Rush Patrick was an earlier settler of the land my father purchased years later which is now part of Hillandale Farm, owned by the Doncaster Family.

-- Sara Doncaster