The third in a series of pieces having to do with Charles Ives and the tradition of musical Americana, At the River is an old-school piano “fantasy” on the American hymn Shall we Gather at the River?. The tune is first exploded into a long, quasi-improvised “strumming piece”, whose repetitive figurations pay homage to the minimalist juggernauts of Alvin Curran and Charlemagne Palestine. After a gradual ascent to the top of the keyboard, a distant chorale takes up; more recognizable bits of the hymn are heard in far-flung keys.
At the River is dedicated to Ingram Marshall, whose work merges sacred and secular in mysterious and beautiful ways.
At the River score, print edition
At the River score, PDF edition
12 pages, 9×12 format.