The patterns and the rhythms are reflected in the pulses of this music, where sequences seemingly continue in perennial fashion, moment after moment, episode after episode. Yet I also felt the unusual dichotomy between the urban landscape of South Orange and the rustic beauty of South Mountain Reservation, a forest preserve just to the West of the city, running North to South.
What a wondrous environment of juxtapositions, the city's urban intensity vs. the tranquil charm of the forest! South Mountain Reservation unveils a rich tapestry of natural splendor at places such as Hemlock Falls and Black Rock Falls, entirely different from the density and lively atmosphere of the city's interior. At certain vistas, you could look to the West and see the beguiling beauty of the low ridge of hills stretching out before your eyes, almost suggesting the regal setting of royal palaces and European chateaus. On a clear and pleasant day, the sights could be somewhat breathtaking.
This music is an impressionistic reflection upon the rhythms which I heard on that rather remarkable day. Most of the descriptive patterns here relate to the urban landscape, not the forest preserve. I felt that I had described many of those memories in the previously posted series of improvisations entitled "Baltusrol Impressions," based upon experiences enjoyed on Baltusrol Avenue in Springfield.
Performed upon my vintage Iorio accordion, a 4/5 reed instrument in LMMH configuration.