Noisy Water Review

The Tempest

Elizabeth Thomas

The Tempest begins gently in the key of C. First following a steady 3/4 time signature, the piece then shifts to a 6/8 hemiola rhythm pattern midway in C's relative minor, A. The melody builds, growing in intensity and increasing in tempo, akin to stormy weather. Composed for piano and flute, the piece ends like the beginning, tenderly and sweetly, full of hope. This piece was inspired by the unpredictable weather patterns of the Pacific Northwest.