Hannah’s Grave is inspired by an allegedly haunted area of rural central Minnesota. As a native of this region, I have had many experiences there, and I am very familiar with the stories associated with the myth of Hannah. According to the legend, a windmill, near which Hannah is supposedly buried, drips blood and spins wildly even on the calmest of nights. Cars driving near the windmill have been rumored to stall for no apparent reason, and there is a general sense of unrest and uncertainty surrounding the area. Hannah’s Grave is a work for mixed instrumental ensemble, in which I sought to capture the atmosphere of both my own experiences and the stories of the legend, as told to me by my friends and family.
Hannah's Grave (University of Texas New Music Ensemble; Dan Welcher, conductor)