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Donald WomackOn Fields of Frozen Fireorchestra (3333 4331 timp 3 prc strings)14:001997
On Fields of Frozen Fire was inspired by the Kohala lava fields on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Borne violently of fire, they now seem frozen in deep time, embodying the the paradox of many contrasts — fire out of water, beauty in the midst of desolation, destruction that leads to the rebirth of life. The is based on a poem, written by the composer after visiting Kohala:

This once fire lies silent.
Restlessly still.
Heat seeps from its pores.
Whispers. Echoes of its return.
In a different time.

Strange how I may stand here
and listen to its harsh beauty.
But only now.
Indifferent time.

Strange that I should stand here
in this place born many times of death.
On fields of frozen fire.


"Perhaps it was the multi-metric, volcanic, seething passion of the fast section. Or perhaps the lush beauty of the slow, melancholy tutti theme near the end. Whatever the cause, by the end of the piece, the audience was listening intently and the pianissimo close capped by a bell rang undisturbed - at least until the audience erupted into enthusiastic applause. "

— Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"On Fields of Frozen Fire has moments of raw energy alternating with a brooding potentiality."

— Honolulu Advertiser