Andrew Lewis - 1994

for Lydia

Ascent resonates with the landscape of the Snowdonian setting in which it was composed. The Welsh name for Snowdonia is Eryri ("Land of Eagles"). The opening sounds of the piece suggest the shape and mass of mountainous forms, evoking the expansiveness of the view of mountains, sky and open sea which dominates the University of Wales, Bangor studio. An aspect of mountain landscapes is the way their static forms appear to be in constant metamorphosis as the position of the observer and viewing conditions change. In Ascent this phenomenon finds musical parallels as structures are constantly reviewed and re-explored. Moving freely across a spectrum of approaches, the piece ranges from the purely abstract to the cinematic. It was commissioned by BEAST for the ...RUMOURS... concert series with financial support from West Midlands Arts.