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ERIK GRISWOLD

The Yellow Fog (2010)


For flute/alto flute, A clarinet, Violin, and Cello.
Dedication
The Yellow Fog was composed for and premiered by Either/Or Ensemble, who
premiered it at Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, 27 March 2010.
Program Note
I've often come back to the poetry of T.S. Eliot over the years, especially his mystical
ruminations on time in The Four Quartets, pondering evocative phrases such as the
music from a farther room, or you are the music while the music lasts.
Without drawing conscious connections, I sometimes recognize phenomena in his
poetry which I strive to create in my own works. When I began composing the
sound textures of The Yellow Fog, some lines from The Love Song of J. Alfred
Prufrock popped into my head: "The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the
window-panes / The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes." EG
2010

The Yellow Fog

Score in C
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The Yellow Fog pt 2

Erik Griswold

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The Yellow Fog pt 3

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