Pendulum is a piece about motion, trajectory, distance, and the illusion of stillness. I created the opening musical idea while experimenting at my harp with notes using xylophonique technique, and regular or ordinario technique. The resonance of a regular note as opposed to the xylophonique note would make the small idea come back into itself naturally, creating a lovely arc that later led to the raising and cascading glissandi in the middle of the piece. I wanted the performers to feel like they could get lost in the unpredictable path of a swinging force, so to create that beautiful chaos, I wrote for the mixing colors produced by fingertips and fingernails, always under the never-ending journey of the starting tempo. The ending is a gentle return back to where we started. The last dyads of the piece are purposefully and naturally dissonant so as to show that even though the pendulum has finished its journey, there is an unseen energy still inside it. Stillness cannot exist. Motion is inseparable to this universe.
About the arranger
Eccentric composer and songwriter Ædan McEvoy writes music that has been described as “quirky,” “whimsical,” “other-worldly,” and “honest”. A listener of all music, Ædan is influenced and inspired by classical, rock, folk, indie, new age, world, jazz, and trance music. Her unique interpretations make her a sought-after composer, songwriter, and collaborator. Ædan is a pianist, harpist, and singer/songwriter of her original music and performs throughout New York City and New Jersey. Driven to spread music everywhere, Ædan also has her own lesson studio in New Jersey. She also maintains her own engraving/transcribing expertise, working with many talented, local musicians. In 2013 and 2016, Ædan attended the Mayapple Center for Humanities and Arts and the Wintergreen Composers’ Retreat as a student of the composition programs. She also attended the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program from 2013-2015. Ædan has her BM in Music Theory & Composition from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. She is a member of the New York Songwriters Circle, American Harp Society, as well as the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen.