The title of this work, The Stone Cries When I Sing, is a reference to a story in which Baiju Bawra, a character of Indian legend, sings in despair to a stone statue of the god Shiva, and the stone begins to cry in response. The cello part in this piece is the first 30 seconds of the song Baiju sings to the Shiva statue stretched over the course of 12-15 minutes. Because the excerpt is stretched to over twenty-five times its original length, each slide, inflection, and nuance in the original song is carefully ornamented, modified, and eventually distorted to produce a unique transformation. While contemplating how the three brass instruments should interact with the cello, I came upon a different combination of stone and water myself, this time a statue of a Sitting Buddha. A fountain, this Buddha statue produced three courses of water, two from a pot in his lap and one from his head. The Buddha statue serves as the framework for the interactions between the four instruments. The cello remains steadfast and constant, like a stone, while the three brass instruments react like streams of water emanating from it.
Performed by Patrick Clarke (trumpet), Elizabeth Easley (horn) Michael Martinez (trombone), and Zachary Litchfield (amplified cello).