A Door into the Dark..., for horn and piano
by Peter Askim
The title of the work, A Door Into The Dark…, is taken from the poem “The Forge” by Seamus Heaney. This piece explores both the literal depictions of metalworking and the metaphorical allusions to the creative process in the poem. The image is of the blacksmith at the forge: struggling to coax great beauty out of a piece of metal, using nothing but his hands, his hammers and great blasts of air from the bellows.
Performance time: approx. 9:45
Appropriate for recitals and contests, especially for low horn
Commissioned and recorded by Denise Tryon on her album, So-Low.