Elaeth the Eel

(who lives in a well and loves to dance)

solo piano (2014)

This lighthearted piano work was commissioned by composer/ pianist Joanne Cho for her Elaeth Songs Project to celebrate the first birthday of her son Elaeth. Saint Elaeth was a 6th century English poet-king who retired to a church in present day Wales. The church has a well that is reputed to have healing waters. The church priests kept an eel in the well, whose motions they used for divination purposes. Wiggling eel - wiggling infant... This is a wiggling peice of music.

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