This is new music for strings, from my music alter ego Lost Waves, under which I record and release all sorts of things.
The last time I wrote a string quartet was a little over twenty years ago at university. That score, and the only recording I had of its performance in the concert hall, are long lost.
The title for this piece, “Pitcher of Stones” is based on the Aesop Fable.
The Crow and the Pitcher
In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it. But the pitcher was high and had a narrow neck, and no matter how he tried, the Crow could not reach the water. The poor thing felt as if he must die of thirst.
Then an idea came to him. Picking up some small stones, he dropped them into the pitcher one by one. With each stone the water rose a little higher until at last it was near enough so he could drink.
Necessity is the mother of invention. When we feel thirsty and what we crave is just out of reach, a new approach and steady persistence may be just what we need.