Mary Rae writes: "Legende, for double bass and piano, was written within the first days of a new year, and a new decade, 2020. When I was a child, the year 2020 would have sounded preposterous to me, something more akin to sci-fi films than my own future. Yet, it has arrived, and trailing behind it so many memories, so many beautiful things and some darker ones, which have gained a sort of beauty of their own having been burnished with so much thought. The new year and all its train of old ones, brought me a few notes to begin Legende, and I went on from there.
I dedicate this piece to the memory of the great double bassist and teacher, František Pošta."
Mary Rae was born in Washington D.C. in 1951 and grew up in Virginia. She studied flute and voice in Boston and, at the same time, received a BA in Spanish Languages and Literature from Boston University. Mary has always been interested in composition, and devised for herself a course of self study. Aside from writing for double bass, she particularly likes writing for voice and piano and her works have been premiered in the United States, Great Britain and elsewhere.
Mary Rae is currently involved in the revitalisation efforts for the Cherokee language, which is severely endangered, as most indigenous languages are. She has studied the language for a number of years, and recently achieved teacher certification from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, something which is rare for second language learners. Mary has been working at writing settings for Cherokee hymns with the aim of uniting two of her great interests.