Donald Sanborn III (1995)
Instrumentation: Solo Oboe.
Persephone, aside from being Hades' flame and causing
the Four Seasons to happen the way they did, also was a
beautiful black cat with yellow eyes who was my best friend
and guardian for a little over twenty years. When I was
three years old, my father and I were sitting on the steps of
our apartment in Chicago. Persephone came up to us and
informed us that she would be living with us. None of that
pathetic "I need a home" business with her. It was more, "I
just found a home, and you're it!" Besides being our best
friend, she also alerted us when a burglar was trying to
break into our apartment. The burglar's plan was foiled; he
had reckoned without a loyal watchcat!
After Persephone died, I composed this piece as a
tribute to her. The slurred notes are an imitation of her
meow, which, because Persephone was half-Siamese, was
low-pitched and sounded more like "marow." The detatched
notes are a representation of her dainty footsteps. The
second half of the piece, more melodic than the first, is a
musical elegy to my favorite cat in the whole world.
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