2016 – flute & piano – 6:05
World Premiere: October 19, 2016, St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto
Jamie Thompson (flute)
Gregory Millar (piano)
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