Blue Lines (2007)

for 'cello, viola, violin, piano, clarinet
By Douglas Boyce

This work is dedicated to Andy Jaffe, jazz composer, pianist, arranger and teacher. I studied with Andy at Williams College from 1988 to 1992, and his approach to music-making and teaching has influenced everything all my work since. He once related to our class how he had bet a friend that he could write an entire bigband chart on his morning commute into Boston. Those who know Andy will not be surprised that he succeeded. The work was entitled ‘Greenlines,’ after his T line. In that spirit, ‘Bluelines’ was composed and typeset during my morning commutes on the Blue line from Northern Virginia to Washington DC over the course of one week in early October, 2007. The work was premiered by counter)induction at the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival, Canandaigua, NY (15 November, 2007).

Other works by Douglas Boyce:
“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives