In the 1960’s the physicist Murray Gell-Mann proposed the idea of subatomic particles, which he named “quarks” after the passage “Three quarks for Muster Mark” in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. In the years after his hypothesis six quarks, or elementary particles, were discovered, most recently in 1995.

Finnegans Quarks Revival is a work for solo piano that is almost, but not entirely, like certain fascinating tenets of quantum theory I have freely interpreted for my musical purposes. For example, quantum mechanics has shown that there is a basic interconnectedness among all phenomena. Interpreted artistically, this notion about the nature of reality can allow for a certain amount of freedom in searching for ways to relate disparate ideas.

The individual movements in Finnegans Quarks Revival are named after the whimsical names of the quarks that inspired them.

Paul Frehner [ii-07]


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