Bosch.  The Hearing Forest and the Seeing Field.  Staatliche Museen, Berlin.

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Exuberant Abandon

"Exuberant Abandon" is the fourth movement of my Third Woodwind Quintet, written maybe three decades ago now. The character of the music seems to me to fit the feelings and attitudes conveyed by Bosch of all those people, animals, and imaginative creatures (and whatever else is included, like those crazy structures) in the above panel of Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. There's a happy gusto that they are all wrapped up in which is akin to the same emotion my music is trying to promote. Study the details in the painting as the music plays and you'll catch on.

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