2016 – flute & piano – 6:05
World Premiere: October 19, 2016, St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto
Jamie Thompson (flute)
Gregory Millar (piano)
Album: Me to We
Releasing: Fall 2017
Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto
Musicians: Gregory Millar (piano), Jamie Thompson (flute)
Composed & Produced By: Frank Horvat
Engineered By: Jeremy Darby & Julian Decorte
Me was composed in March 2016 specifically to be the first piece on my upcoming recording of chamber music called Me to We (release 2017). Me is a musical character study of a solitary figure. The solitary figure can be a man or woman, gay or straight, rich or poor, and any ethnicity. It’s the person who leads a life without a soul mate to share it with. Are they happy and content? Do they yearn to have a life partner? Do they feel fulfilled despite not having that special someone to share life with?
These are all things that I contemplated when composing this piece. On the surface, the piece might sound empty. But I really intended for the piece to be emotionally ambiguous. The flute acts as our voice, sometimes playing an optimistic melody, and sometimes playing little notes that give us a “whatever” attitude.
I found composing this piece quite an intense process. I had to put myself in this emotional space. I was committed to exploring the emotional pros and cons of being solitary. I hope that audiences find the piece enlightening and from the heart.
– Frank Horvat