Fast Flows the River
for cello and hammond organ(2009)
|Commission||Commissioned by Hannah Collins|
|Premiere||April 30, 2009; Sprague Hall, New Haven, CT; Hannah Collins, cello • Timo Andres, organ|
|Technical requirements||Performance note: The cello should be ampliﬁed. A keyboard sampler may be used in lieu of the Hammond organ. The initial patch should be a very mellow, bass-heavy timbre with no vibrato and few overtones. The “high patch” at the very end of the piece should be quite shrill and loud, with many overtones. A volume slider or pedal should be used in the very beginning and end of the piece to fade the organ in and out.|
Fast Flows the River is a textless setting of the anonymous folk song Call John the Boatmanfor ‘cello and electric organ. The lyrics of the song describe a sailor who “sleeps” more deeply the worse a storm buffets his boat.
- Timo Andres