The Return of Classical Caber! Mount Desert Island Suite, Movement 4: Bar Harbor Rondo

It’s the return of Classical Caber! By popular demand, here’s another selection from my hubby’s Mount Desert Island Suite… the fourth and final movement, entitled Bar Harbor Rondo. (I’d previously posted the third movement, Beach and Sandpipers, which has proven to be one of Dirk’s most popular works to date.) Here’s what Dirk wrote about the MDI Suite, which he composed in 2001:

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.”

We hope you enjoy this second installment!
 
Bar Harbor

Downtown Bar Harbor

 

5 replies
  1. Lyne Beausejour
    Lyne Beausejour says:

    I wish I could express in words what I feel inside when I listen to his music. My heart is light, it takes my breath away. I close my eyes and can actually picture what the piece represents. It sooths the soul after a high stress level day at woke. Also, the links that are included in the paragraph are interesting and fun to read in learning the history. I am anxious to hear the first two movements. HINT HINT LOL…thank you Jesse for bringing his music to us! I wish I could do more to help him to bring his music in the spotlight! Today a colleague heard his music, and asked me what that beautiful music was. In fact many of my colleagues like his music. I am certain that many of us will buy it when it becomes available on iTunes. Big Hugs to you both!

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  2. Liz
    Liz says:

    Another really lovely piece. As with the previous movements, which so beautifully depict in music the images of gulls and scurrying sandpipers, this energetic and uplifting fourth movement puts us right in the middle of town during tourist season. I’m eagerly awaiting their arrival on iTunes.

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  3. FERNANDO GUERRERO
    FERNANDO GUERRERO says:

    BIG TALENT OF THIS MAN, CONGRATULATIONS DIRK, FROM THIS MOMENT I’M YOUR FAN MORE AND MORE, FERNANDO FROM MEXICO CITY.

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