Moonlight on the Bluff


A different sort of title for me; but it's more about (very oblique) reference than romance. It's a bit of a nod to Moonlight by Benjamin Britten - an extremely (and maybe unexpectedly) psychedelic work. It might also bring to mind Moonlight on Vermontby Captain Beefheart a composer whose ability to change a mind is never unexpected. And maybe there's even a suggestion of the standard, Moonlight in Vermont; I always think of Willie Nelson's waking-dream of a version. My piece doesn't sound much like any of the above, but it would be some company it would like to keep. "Bluff" is one of those multi-meaning words that often show up in my titles. Of course, it implies various kinds of deception; but it can also mean "good-naturedly frank and hearty," "a steep promontory, bank, or cliff," or, most significantly here, "a clump of trees on the prairie."

Continuum performed the World Premiere of Moonlight on the Bluff on April 26, 2005.

Martin Arnold CA

Martin Arnold is a musician based in Toronto.  His notated compositions are performed nationally and internationally.  Martin is also an active member of Toronto’s improvisation and experimental jazz/roots/rock communities performing on live electronics, banjo, melodica, and guitar.  Martin is the Artistic Director of Arraymusic and he lectures in the Department of Cultural Studies at Trent University and the Department of Art, Culture and Media, at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.

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