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The music for Wakening Shadow is a mixture of Styles and Britten, to form one unified piece. Three of Britten's Canticles make up roughly one third of the piece and my original music the other two thirds. In orchestrating the Britten Canticles (which are originally for voice(s) and one instrument - piano or harp) I have created continuity between my musical world and Britten's using common orchestral colours to take the listener on a seamless journey through each of the 7 scenes.
Themes of light and darkness emerge in the music and these often align themselves with the changing view of God and Humanity. Voices sing in trios, quartets and choral formation to show a untied identity. This is set in contrast with expressive passages of solo vocal writing that allow us to see individual characters emerge out of the universal themes that purvey Wakening Shadow.
Instrumentation: 2 Sopranos, mezzo soprano, counter tenor, 3 tenors, baritone, bass baritone, flute (doubling piccolo/alto flute), oboe (doubling cor anglais), clarinet in Bb (doubling bass clarinet), horn in F, trumpet in Bb, trombone, percussion, harp, piano, strings.
Duration: 64 min.
Contents note: 1. Stirring -- 2. Canticle II -- 3. Nativity -- 4. Canticle IV - Journey of the Three Magi -- 5. Darkness -- 6. Canticle V -- 7. Mutability.
Commission note: Commissioned as Glyndebourne's composer in residence
- In the form/style of: Chamber Opera
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