Dirk Goes Down… East

As you may already know, my hubby Dirk is an accomplished classical musician. He plays tuba, he sings (low bass, of course!), and he labels himself a badly-out-of-practice piano player… though I’m not so sure I agree with that last assessment. And he also writes some stunningly beautiful music. He’s already shared some of his compositions on his SoundCloud page, but here’s a new one… the Mount Desert Island Suite, written about the island home of Acadia National Park in Maine. In Dirk’s words:

openquoteThe MDI Suite was written by commission for the sadly now defunct Penobscot Bay Chamber Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine. The music is simpler than much of what I write, partly because I anticipated very little rehearsal time and I wanted something easy for busy musicians to grasp. The four movements reflect four quatrains of a poem by Cora Millay (mother of Edna St. Vincent Millay) reflecting on different aspects of Mount Desert Island in her home state of Maine; the first depicts the gulls wheeling over the rocks and spray at the coast; the second, the owls in the quiet old-growth pine forests. This third is of sandpipers dodging the ripples on the sand at the water’s edge, and the last conveys the bustle of downtown Bar Harbor. This piece remains close to my heart as an impression of the sort of Maine coastline I grew up on and which is still home to me in many ways.”

I’ve shared Dirk’s third movement, Beach and Sandpipers — my personal favorite — at the top of this post. Every Monday for the next three weeks I’ll be introducing another of Dirk’s works; hopefully it’ll help brighten the start of your work week. Dirk and I hope you enjoy them!

By the way, “Down East” (referred to in the title of this blog post) is a common nickname for Maine. You can read about the history of the term here.
 
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16 replies
    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      He doesn’t have anything available for purchase at this time, unfortunately. A lot of the pieces he writes are commissioned works which he can’t sell independently. I’ve been encouraging him to offer some of his non-commissioned pieces on iTunes, but he hasn’t done so as of yet. When he does I’ll be sure to let you know!

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  1. Liz
    Liz says:

    Another lovely piece! I certainly brought to mind last summer on Cape Cod, sitting on the beach and watching the sand pipers scurry about in the waves. (It’s hard to remember that I was once warm.) Thanks for sharing Dirk’s work with us; I *do* enjoy them, and look forward to the next movement.

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  2. Shane
    Shane says:

    Incredibly impressed!.The ability to create such beautiful music is a rare gift indeed. Is there anything you two cannot accomplish?.

    xx

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  3. Steve
    Steve says:

    I’m a classically trained pianist and organist. My main area of expertise is late Renaissance and Baroque. I have to tell you I’m no fan of contemporary classical music. But this music is divine. I love it from the opening pizzicato cello to the increasing orchestral flurries to the climax of the piece. Fantastic.

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  4. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Love how you were able to create such lush simplicity!! It’s clean & crisp where it needs to be, free flowing and warm in all the right spots, w/ an ingenious touch of sassy that just makes the whole piece irresistible!!!

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  5. Albert
    Albert says:

    This piece is amazing, i wonder if he could compose one with more cello in it or as the main instrument. I hope to hear a lot more.
    Thank you!

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