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"Solstice" is the first movement of "Three Winter Scenes." It was written after a poem I wrote in my twenties called "Winter Sunset." The poem was about watching a beautiful sunset on a very cold day, and wondering where my life was going. The last lines were "Where were the clouds hurrying to? Their motion in that dark sky was all I saw." The music tries to capture the cold beauty of a winter sunset, and also the slow ticking of time down to the moment of the Solstice, the first day of Winter. So it's about a sunset on the solstice, with some existential angst thrown in.

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Comment by Per-Erik Rosqvist on September 27, 2014 at 3:23am

Listening to the solstice-piece.

I liked it, and the anxiety - complete and utter existential angst as you write - is there as well. Good. I would perhaps change the tempo more to emphasise some parts during the minutes it lasts, but other than that I've no advice to give. 

Nice work.

Comment by michael diemer on September 26, 2014 at 12:25pm

An interesting point, Socrates. I never thought of my music as resembling theme and variations, a style I actually don't care much for. But now that I think of it, I can see it in some of my other works as well. All I can say is it's not intentional. It's just the way it comes out. The only conscious decision I recall making about musical form, was when I was studying Debussy. His music is like a series of picture frames that present themselves to the listener. La Mer is a series of impressions about the Sea. There is not traditional development per se; but rather each image transitions into the next. Sometimes it is simply a new treatment of a previous image. Contrast this with, say, Sibelius, whose music has more traditional development, and a powerful sense of motion. It grabs you and takes you with it, like a tornado. Debussy's music is more like going to an art gallery. And that is the direction I chose to go in, partly because it comes naturally; partly because I have no idea how to write like Sibelius, who is one of the most inimitable of composers. Even his own pieces often don't resemble each other.

Comment by Socrates Arvanitakis on September 20, 2014 at 3:42am

Hi, Michael.

Solstices and equinoxes are sometimes appearing in my poems and songs cause I am quite interested in the changing of the seasons and how this process may affect events in human life.

I like the two last lines that you give from your poem and try to picture the rest of it.

But where is the music, either pdf or mp3? I am new in this forum and maybe a little lost in my way about.

Still, is good to know that other people are involved in the same subjects like I am!


Yes, I discovered it later and I heard it. I liked it very much, thanks Michael. I will have to listen to the other two winter scenes also, as I did not have enough free time this weekend past. Was the "solstice" composed as a theme and variations, or I got completely the wrong idea?

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