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On song


On song was written in April and May 2010 in response to a commission from Live Music Now Cymru / Wales for the Lunar Saxophone Quartet. The commission—part of the Mapping Wales project celebrating twenty years of Live Music Now in Wales—was made possible with funds from the Performing Rights Society Foundation (PRSF). As the title suggests the colloquial term ‘on song’ is the starting point for a series of explorations of fragments of song. These fragments are explored in a simple melody and accompaniment style using a predominantly syncopated accompaniment. The reference points are many and varied—from operatic singing to plainsong, jazz to folk music. The piece is in a single movement and is built on a consistent pedal note—G. As the sections of the piece unfold, different modes are used above the pedal note which also becomes increasingly prominent in the texture. Eventually it is refined down to a single unaccompanied note G passed between the instruments. This signals the beginning of a final section which, after starting quietly, builds up to a powerful conclusion. Composer’s note On song was first heard at a concert given at the Riverfront, Newport, on 29 October 2010.

from notes by Peter Reynolds © 2010


These visions
Studio Master: SIGCD233Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on SIGCD233 [8'33] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD233 track 1

Recording date
2 July 2010
Recording venue
Ty Cerdd, Wales
Recording producer
James Clarke
Recording engineer
James Clarke
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  1. These visions (SIGCD233)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 2010
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