The title Separate Souls carries a dual meaning. First, it reflects the fact that the composition is a bitonal piece: the left and right hands play in different keys. And even though that feels dissonant at times, my own belief is that as you spend more and more time with dissonance, it seems more and more consonant. I also chose the title because at the time I was writing the piece, a couple that I knew was going through a divorce, which is also a dissonant matter that one hopes, eventually, will become more consonant.
In 1993 Carrol McLaughlin, Professor of Harp at the University of Arizona, commissioned me to compose several original works. Although Carrol passed away on March 10, 2018 before ever being able to perform the piece, I share this composition as well as a recorded performance by Prof. Colleen Thorburn in celebration of Carrol’s life and uplifting spirit.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to craft a unique piece for harp, inspired by the superb artist and educator Carrol McLaughlin. My thanks goes to the gifted harpist Colleen Thorburn for bringing this project for harp to life.
–Antonio J. García