Wisp of cloud : organ solo
by Ann Carr-Boyd (2013)
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Library shelf no. CD 2672 [Not for loan]
Wisp of cloud was composed in 2013 for my friend and
colleague Adrian Wintle for a recital at St Andrew's Cathedral,
Sydney, in December 2013.
The title was inspired by the ever-‐changing and beautiful cloud formations which appear in the clear skies of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The pipe organ, I think, can create atmospheric sounds in a way not possible on any other musical instrument and to quote Adrian's comment, there is 'a forest of shimmering colours' to be found on the William Hill & Son/Letourneau organ in St Andrew's Cathedral.
As for the musical ideas in this piece -‐ they were based in part on a mesmerising harmonic progression which is in the work Joy by American composer Diane Bish. Wisp of Cloud then developed as a set of free variations. In the concluding bars, the cloud assumes a more thunderous appearance -‐ only to evaporate (as clouds do sometimes) into a tiny trail in the sky.
Adrian Wintle describes the work in the following words: Wisp
of Cloud is neo-‐romantic and atmospheric music that
contrasts the gravity of a chaconne-‐like chordal opening
section with a wistful melody against rippling left hand broken
chords reminiscent of Clementi. Perhaps this aspect of the music
suggests the evanescence of
a small cloud formation, but in any case it offers musical delicacy and a sense of glimpsing a fugitive scene. The piece is generally delicate, although its final section
displays boldness in its procession of forte block chords that supply a satisfying richness to the texture.
Duration: 6 min.
Written for: Adrian Wintle
- Inspired by: Landscape and Nature
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