This symphony with elements, earth, air, water, and fire, was started in 1985 is still unfinished. Three movements are completed, I - earth, II - air, and III - water.
Movement III is not a typical work for me because I slow down not only my harmonic motion but my rhythmic motion as well. My use of 12 tone technique is personal in that I still use a tonal concept of rhythm and meter. Rhythms and meter are still active and fluid. Ideas follow each other rapidly, rhythms start, stop, gain momentum, are placed in conflict, and then dissolved. The movement is thematically condensed, which is typical of my work. I cannot claim a continuos musical rhetoric among the three movements because they were composed years apart, yet they do create a totality. Each movement stands alone and represents many aspects of a single idea. How many different thoughts come to mind when we think of the earth? The movements are numbered, not titled so there is no attempt to force the music to tone paint each idea. Movement III is a musical portrait of my wife, Janet; composed when we were engaged. I have always sought to use music to express intense emotions and to explore the unspoken. Janet’s element is water. So I combine the two.