Eight Solitudes

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Eight Solitudes

for Bass and Piano

Douglas Ashcraft, Piano; Peter Askim, Double Bass
Winner of the 2002 International Society of Bassists Solo Composition Competition.


Program Notes:

“Eight Solitudes” is a series of brief but very intense “cross-sections” of aloneness. Each movement captures a sensation, an impression, a single instant crystallized and examined. It does not answer a question solve a problem or make a “statement” – it just is. Like life, it is not tied up in easy packages but bleeds one into another – impassioned, vulnerable, complicated, unresolved and unfailingly human.