Work no. 198
This is one of the satellite pieces of Many Pink Butterflies, derived from that work's Solo VIII. Each solo in MPB is about a minute long, and explores a single compositional technique. Usually, for a satellite piece based on a solo I would develop that technique further. In this case, however, Solo VIII had already been used to make ...au double regard et sept baigneuses. But I became really fond of the original melody, which ...au double regard didn't quite preserve. I ended up giving that melody its own piece – Cwmhiraeth, named after a tiny hamlet in Wales. The name roughly translates to "valley of longing", although "hiraeth" is a somewhat famous Welsh word which has no equivalent in English, a special kind of longing mixed with homesickness.
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