Listen to “A Song About a Donkey” from The Indian Parrot
This release from Mutable Music presents three delightful pieces by W. A. Mathieu.
A Parrot, Three Fish and a Donkey
For three singers and small ensemble, this is a modern piece with a medieval text, and medieval sensibilities have worked their way into the musical fabric: the small percussion instruments, the instrumental range lying (for the most part) within the range of the human voice, and, most of all, the harmony, which is a kind of modulating modality. Inspired by the universality of Rumi’s poems, Mathieu felt especially free in this piece to borrow from many centuries of Eastern and Western harmonic practice.
A resonant solo piano piece in four movements, is reminiscent of hollow growing things.
The Blind Beekeeper
For baritone and piano, is a setting of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore’s wonderful poem.