Celestial Garden was named Honorable Mention
in the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Distinguished Composer of the Year Award, 2020.
“This award is a noteworthy recognition of your peers for your outstanding skills as a composer.”
Dr. Gary L. Engle, Executive Director and CEO of MTNA
Anna Evas’ Virginia Music Teacher Association Commissioned Composer of 2020 Speech:
Named Honorable Mention in the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Distinguished Composer of the Year Award, 2020, this poetical suite of nine piano pieces is written in Anna’s unique, ethereal style.
Contemplative with spikes of energy. Contains a suite of twelve pieces called “Twelve Tastings,” and ends with the exhilarating encore “If I Could Fly.” Lots of metrical and key changes, and a wide diversity of textures.
The album centers around music inspired by Anna’s poem “TwelveTastings,” first published as a finalist in Irises, The University of Canberra Chancellor’s Vice-International Poetry Prize, 2017. The poem will become available upon the publication of her book Apocryphal.
The garden with its flowers, its weeds, and secret visitors share “unwritten words.”
The influences confessed by an artist may not be the real ones. For this reason, Anna only suggests her appreciation for Bach’s getting in and out of melodic tangles; Faure’s trick of shaping his tunes like hills made out of milkweed; and John Luther Adams’ consecration of mellifluous harmony.