«Lying on a Ledge» Op.29b
Viola da gamba Solo
A person is wandering in the mountains, but suddenly falls off a cliff and ends up lying on a ledge. Hours and days pass, and no one seems to find him or hears his cries for help. At a certain point of time (the middle of Bar 62), when death draws closer, he suddenly becomes euphoric (as some people report to experience when about to freeze to death), hallucinating he is being rescued. Nevertheless, the piece ends with the person’s death. The glissando at the very end might illustrate that something "from above", death, is picking him up to enter an unknown dimension.
Instrumentation: Viola da gamba
Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe
Year composed: 1997
First performance: August 13, 2009
Sheet music will soon be available.
First performed by the Dutch viola da gamba player Ralph Rousseau. Watch a performance by Rousseau here: «Lying on a Ledge» Op.29b