Under the Blue : prelude for alto saxophone and piano
by Catherine Likhuta (2015)
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Library shelf no. 788.73/LIK 3 [Available for loan]
Under the Blue was inspired by Claire Nouvian's book The Deep. This book talks about, and contains photos of, creatures living at the deepest corners of the sea not reachable by sunlight. At that depth, the water looks very different from any water we are used to seeing: it is much darker than the common blue colour we associate with water. That world is altogether frightening, fascinating and creepy. In the music, I wanted to tell a story of an imaginative journey down to the Deep. At first, as you just dive in, the surroundings look beautiful and harmless, somewhat melancholic. But as you start submerging towards the bottom, it gradually becomes a world full of creatures you have never thought existed. You cannot obey the strong desire to go back immediately since you want to see this odd world that awakens the widest spectrum of emotions. It scares you to death but also strangely captivates you. When you can't take it anymore, you resurface. Everything seems back to normal again: the same calm blue water, the same familiar surroundings. But the experience of what you've seen under the blue has slightly changed your perception of things…
Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, piano.
Duration: 5 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Emma Di Marco.
Under the Blue, by Catherine Likhuta
- In the form/style of: Preludes
Performances of this work
11 May 2017: at Let the Darkness Out: Catherine Likhuta and Emma Di Marco in concert (Nickson Room). Featuring Emma Di Marco, Catherine Likhuta.
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