Tèarmunn is Scots-Gaelic for 'sanctuary.'
Recording (Candace Thomas, horn; Paul Stevens, vibraphone)
After being accepted to participate in the wonderful soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy, I was commissioned to compose a piece for horn and percussion. Although there were many more percussion instruments at my disposal, I sought to write something very simple and contained. Since the horn and vibraphone are based around the pitch F, they seemed like a good fit.
The pitch language began with the harmonic series of the double horn, on F and B-flat. This gradually morphed into F-phrygian mode. Overall I sought to fuse the two instruments as much as I could. Their basic tone is mellow, but when stopped the horn can be quite 'buzzy,' as can the vibraphone when prepared with objects, such as a chain. Another interesting characteristic of the vibraphone is its motor, which adds an automatic tremolo at varying speeds. I reflected this with the recurring repeated-16th motif.
• Candace Thomas & Paul Stevens, Chamber Cartel show, Atlanta, 11/7/15
• Candace Thomas & Kevin Schlossman, International Horn Symposium, Los Angeles, CA 8/8/15
• ebb:flow music collective (John Kammerer & Jim Lindroth), Columbia, SC 4/25/15
• Candace Thomas & Paul Stevens, NACUSA National Conference, Atlanta 11/15/14
• Camilo Leal & Mary McLean, ASN Doctoral Recital, UF 11/25/12
• Laura Weiss & Mary McLean, SCI Student Concert, UF 11/5/12
• Julia Brooks & Paul Stevens, soundSCAPE Festival, Maccagno, Italy 7/12/12