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Sudden squall, sudden shadow

composer

 
Sudden squall, sudden shadow was inspired by two contrasting images in a very wintry Haiku by the Japanese poet, Buson: a sudden squall of snow or sleet and a bird by the water which the poet describes, rather elusively, as turning white. I was interested in the way I could represent the juxtaposition of contrasting images inherent in the Japanese poetic form in a musical structure.

The structural ideas of the poem were as important as the wintry imagery. Before I begin writing a piece, I like to have a clear structural framework in place, and I spend a lot of time working on ideas before I even get to the manuscript paper stage.

The contrasting images in the poem are reflected in swift and dramatic changes in the music. The piece is colourful, bright and dramatic, with the aim being to grab the attention of the listener from the opening notes.

from notes by David Knotts & Elizabeth Winters © 2013

Recordings

The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1
Studio Master: LSO5061Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for LSO5061 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-DGQ-12-06110
Duration
3'42
Recording date
28 October 2012
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Stokes
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
Hyperion usage
  1. The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1 (LSO5061)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: May 2013
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