Cloud Garden is intended to be a very free suggestion of an extract from the novel ‘The Seed and The Sower’ by Laurens van der Post. The particular section of the novel is concerned with the meeting of two brothers in South Africa. The meeting is emotional and nourishes the state of reconciliation (of the long rejected earth). The primary intention was to write a piece in a single movement. This one movement would contain interrelated and repeating sections of varying length and tempi. These sections would contribute to the effect of being within a changeable emotional landscape. Symbols and states in different configurations appear and re-appear, rather than continually develop throughout. The reappearance of similar material suggests how similar memories resurface within the garden. The garden is a place of fragile beauty within a wilderness. The interior world (emotion) is at odds with the exterior world (nature).
(selected by spnm in 2003)