In the Language
Sonata for Viola & Piano
and for soloist (Viola, Clarinet or Alto Sax) with Chamber Orchestra
Duration: ca. 14 minutes
The work takes on a simple, heartfelt aesthetic, reflecting Buschmann's brand of gentle kindness and her love of the natural world with singing clarinet lines and sparkling piano textures. — Andrew Friedman
Saxophone Video: Adam Pelandini
Clarinet Video: Andrew Friedman
In the Language of Mediation was composed in 2013 for viola & piano in memory of Ingrid Buschmann (1954 - 2013). A talented musician, Ingrid began violin studies in Seattle when she was 10 years old, and later attended the University of Washington, where she majored in viola performance and psychology, studying with Vilem Sokol and Donald McInnes. Ingrid moved to Victoria, B. C. in 1979 to join the Victoria Symphony and enjoyed playing viola there for many years. For a touching essay about Ingrid, visit the Victoria Hospice website. At right, Ingrid Buschmann in the rooftop garden at the Victoria Hospice.
The Spanish-language blog, Planeta Viola, written by Carlos Rodríguez Ridaura, featured a terrific commentary on In the Language of Meditation on April 24, 2016.
The arrangement for alto saxophone & piano was premiered by Adam Pelandini and Michael Refvem on January 24, 2015, at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 1 Conference in Bellingham, Washington.
The arrangement for clarinet & piano is dedicated to Nicolai Pfeffer.
Erik Steighner, alto saxophone, & the Octava Chamber Orchestra