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Hevelspending

composer
premiered on 9 November 2010

 
The noun 'Hevelspending' originated in the Urgic dialect of an old Lappish community during the Fourth century. These days it is defined as 'the gasp made by one who, walking in the morning, smells spring in the air for the first time after a long winter'. Like many happy accidents, the composer only happened upon the word when the present work was some threequarters complete, but once encountered it seemed to resonate perfectly with the music already composed. The music falls into three sections: the first is characterised by vigorous rhythmic invention whose energy is constantly renewed by the regular rhythmic displacement. The second movement by comparison is all stillness, its harmonic patterns shifting almost imperceptibly. The third movement follows without a break returning to a renewed sense of vigour driven forward by closely interwoven melodic phrases. This movement in particular, in the composer’s words, owes something to 'my burgeoning interest in Appalachian folk music and the quartet as such, has a folk-like quality to the counterpoint'. Hevelspending was written for and dedicated to the Lunar Saxophone Quartet and was first heard on 9 November 2010 at Lampeter University.

from notes by Peter Reynolds © 2010

Recordings

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

Details

Movement 1: Quaver = 200
Track 11 on SIGCD233 [2'47] Download only
Movement 2: Crotchet = 60
Track 12 on SIGCD233 [6'05] Download only
Movement 3: Crotchet = 100
Track 13 on SIGCD233 [3'59] Download only

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