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No more sorrow


No More Sorrow is a short piece for tenorsaxophone and piano. Tim Barnes was born in York on September 26th 1990, the fourth and last child in his family. Only five months old, Tim was rushed into hospital after suffering from numerous fits. He was diagnosed with encephalitis, meningitis & pneumonia. Tim recovered, but shortly afterward was registered as partially sighted and diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome & dyspraxia. Even at a young age it was clear Tim would more than compensate for his conditions with his incredible ear for sounds and music in particular. By secondary school Tim had either developed or discovered his perfect pitch. He points out that: 'Every sound has a pitch. Fridges, car engines, footsteps and voices are made up of several frequencies that I like to pick out. People don’t realise how much of the world can sound like music.'

Almost unsurprisingly, given his aural development, Tim has synaesthesia, linking colours to musical pitches. 'It’s like this,' he explains, 'I hear a B flat and I think of pink. I hear an E flat and I think of purple, etc. In a piece of music, I’ll know what key it is in and then I’ll hear individual notes that I decide to focus on and depending on how it’s used, then the colour of that note would be a deeper or lighter shade. The way my mind works has had a massive impact on my composing.'

from notes by Lara James © 2011


The glittering plain
Studio Master: SIGCD286Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD286 track 9

Recording date
1 July 2011
Recording venue
Fieldgate Studios, Penarth, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ian Lawson & Lara James
Recording engineer
Andrew Lawson
Hyperion usage
  1. The glittering plain (SIGCD286)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 2012
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