Trois pièces d’après «Wuthering Heights»
This work, which I have dedicated to my daughter Sandra, is my first composition for guitar. I was inspired by three passages from Emily Brontë’s novel ‘Wuthering Heights’, which I chose especially for the wealth of acoustic environments I discovered in them.
“I […] listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”
This passage, the final sentence of the novel, evokes the tenderness and calm of a wind “breathing through the grass”, which conjured in me a calm and melancholic piece. The sentence also refers to two tracks from the album ‘Wind and Wuthering’ by the progressive rock band Genesis, in which I find the guitar playing by Steve Hackett particularly inspiring. The sentence also refers to two tracks from the album ‘Wind and Wuthering’ by the progressive rock band Genesis, in which I find the guitar playing by Steve Hackett particularly inspiring.
Gimmerton Chapel Bells
“Gimmerton chapel bells were still ringing and the full mellow flow of the beck in the valley came soothingly on the ear.”
This second piece is based on a passage in the novel that describes a magical and mysterious acoustic environment and includes the sounds of a stream and the bells of a chapel, created here by a persistent and resonating motif played solely on the A string.
“A high wind blustered round the house, and roared in the chimney. It sounded wild and stormy, yet it was not cold, and we were all together…”
To conclude, ‘High wind’ depicts with its uninterrupted stream of double quavers a storm roaring through a chimney, producing a pervasive yet warm melody.