Running time: 62.46
4-panel chipboard sleeve
Windmills is Lubomyr Melnyk’s latest major work in the last 15 years. It is a tour de force of pianistic excellence, and shows the many sides of Continuous Music, both as pattern music and as melody.
It was begun in 2009 and took 3 years to complete, with the addition of the final song of farewell from windmill’s ghost. The music contains a story based on a very early Walt Disney animation, The Old Windmill. In Lubomyr Melnyk’s version, the windmill is of the old European type, made of heavy stone and wood, standing alone on the top of a hill, facing the onslaught of nature, with wind and rain and storms and everything that it has to face in its 300 year old life. For Lubomyr, the windmill represents a human being, facing so many hardships and trials, standing alone at the top of a hill, we hear the massive but worn gears begin to toil as the wind wakes the windmill from sleep, far away, a terrible storm is brewing, and eventually descends upon windmill with horrendous force, destroying poor windmill... In the music, windmill rises up to heaven, with its wings carrying it up higher and higher... and as it rises, windmill sings its song of farewell, a plaintive melodic theme, its song to mankind, reminding us of the beauties of life and to be grateful to god for all that we have ....
The Song Of Windmill’s Ghost was worked on in many versions, until it was finalised in 2013. It is the synthesis of all the melodic elements which Lubomyr had envisioned for this Song...
1. Windmills .mp3 (1.9 Mb)
2. The Song of Windmill's Ghost .mp3 (2.2 Mb)