100 Days – Day 43

Why is ACC 5 going so well?

A few days ago I recalled a slip-jig that I composed when I was in secondary school. My old school, Coláiste Choilm, is named after St Columba.

It is too much of a coincidence not to use the slip-jig I composed while at a school named for Columba in an elegy for Columba. It has becoming the main focus of the orchestral music accompanying a section of text detailing Columba’s battles with Satan. So the D minor slip jig sits over an ever growing bed of chords that grow in dissonance – Columba being subsumed by the devil – before the first 2 phrases of the big bell motif, which is now based on the hymn tune Columba suddenly comes crashing in, representing Columba’s triumph. This is followed by some of the best music I think I’ve ever written – some modal imitative polyphony for string quartet representing the sheer exhaustion of the saint at the culmination of his battle.

For the first time in a couple of week’s I feel really good about this movement!

Once I’ve had a chance to chat to Phill about it all on Friday, I’ll share a midi mock up. :)