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Skyspace

composer
2012

 
In his book Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky writes: 'Colour is a power that directly influences the soul. Colour is the key-board, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul'.

His words could not resonate any more succinctly than with my own experiences of colour, since I am highly sensitive to both colour and light, and have a synaesthetic approach to composition with much of my music written in response to visual artworks.

Skyspace draws its inspiration from the kaleidoscopic ‘celestial vaulting’ experienced within a James Turrell skyspace, where temporal and methodical exposure to shifting sky colours through an aperture engages the observer with the rotation of the earth, making both colour and light almost palpable. Whilst the perceived sky colour has provided the stimulus for my work, it was not my intention to portray physical colour, rather the imagined colour of the mind’s eye—with the music being composed and constructed in the manner of colours, through the delicate layering and juxtaposition of various textures and timbres. Skyspace is constructed in seven miniatures, with each one depicting a varying sky colour:

Aurum and Aurum Resonance are both inspired by the warm, golden colours of the descending sun, whilst Light Iridescent and Dark Iridescent portray the flickering light found before dawn and dusk respectively. Opaque and Opaque Resonance are based on the darkness of the night, whilst Cerulean is a reflection on the serene, blue sky of the day. The musical material of the piccolo trumpet and ensemble resonate in unison as the work opens, pull gradually apart towards the centre and find resolution as the work concludes.

from notes by Deborah Pritchard © 2014

Recordings

Psalm - Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos
Studio Master: SIGCD403Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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