For years — ever since I've read Pritchett's excellent The Music of John Cage — I've had the desire to compose a piece based on scales, as some of Cage's late 1940s and early 1950s piece were. Rites of Passage was my first successful attempt. As the piece progresses through D minor, A minor, and E minor triads, it gradually slows down, until both harmony and melody are rendered meaningless. Then rhythm disappears, and sounds are liberated. Soon, there is more silence than sound, and the silence is more alive, coloured by waiting for another note, listening attentively, not knowing whether one is coming or not.
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