Opus 1517

Illumination (2023)

for Accordion (free bass)

Lore Amenabar Larrañaga, accordion

Duration: 14 min.

Dedication: in memoriam Hilary Tann (1947–2023)

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Illumination (2023) for accordion is dedicated in memory of the Welsh-American composer Hilary Tann (1947–2023), a friend of many years whose absence is significant.

The title of this piece refers to the process of decorative illumination as was practiced (primarily) in the Medieval era for the preparation of special manuscripts. This painstaking, labor-intensive, and highly detailed art produced work of remarkable complexity and was developed across the centuries of the Middle Ages into a brilliant specialization.