Written for alto flute, clarinet and piano, the music of Februarium represents Northern cold, cloudy textures, refreshingly shiny clear ice, cloudy ice and black ice. Emotionally dark, or light, and cloudy, this second and shortest month of the year is potent, yet feels comfortingly gentle to me.
The name Februarium comes from Februum (“means of purification, an offering”), via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15th in the old Roman calendar”*. Its meaning is ‘of February’, and this genderless Latin name is the shortest month of the year in the Roman calendar (c. 700 BCE), Julian calendar (46 BCE) and Gregorian calendar (from 1582).
I’ve always had a fondness for cloudy, cool and colder months with alternating dark and light days. Quite fitting that the premiere of Februarium took place in February (2019) in the Northeast.