bret battey • bat hat media



Five Ascents Down to the Child

for solo piano (1995)

Movement 1
Movement 2
Movement 3
Movement 4
Movement 5

I – Drum: Procession

...he had set himself again to the great task of formulating the laws of world harmony... There arose in the sky outside a vehement clanging. Kepler turned an ear to it and smiled. "Bells," he said.
— John Banville, Kepler: A Novel

II – Fallen as Salt, Scattered as Stars

Someone had once said to her that the sky hides the night behind it. At any moment the rip can occur, the edges fly back...
— Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

III – Drum: Soma

Perhaps every organism is caught in the incapacity to bridge all the logical levels involved in any given message, so these must somehow be collapsed.
— Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson, Angels Fear: Toward an Epistemology of the Sacred

IV – Phases of Fire, Insistence of Light

Wisdom is the brightness of light everlasting.
— Origen, In Jeremiam Homiliae, IX, 4

V – Drum: Child

Higher consciousness is equivalent to being all alone in the world.
— C.G. Jung, The Psychology of the Child Archetype