Snow in Summer / Evergreen Ensemble.
Featured Australian works
||Odd ditty — other string instruments
Recorded/performed at: The Monastery, Breakwater, Geelong Vic, on Feb 18.
|Alice Chance||Evergreen Ensemble||4 mins, 7 sec.|
Also includes: Jag Vet en Dejlig Rosa / trad. Swedish -- Unst Boat Song & Guldklimpen / trad. Scottish/Swedish -- The Snap Dragon (Mvt 1-2) / James Oswald -- Tullochgorum & Deil Amang the Tailors / trad. Scottish -- The Snowdrop (Mvt 1-2) / James Oswald -- Ca' the Yowes / trad. Scottish -- Sonata XI for viola da gamba (Mvt 1-3)/ Lorenzo Bocchi -- Twist Ye, Twine Ye & Blooms Like Stars / trad. Scottish & Shane .
During the 18th Century, in Scotland, folk songs were regularly performed alongside Corelli and Vivaldi with no notion of one style being greater than the other. Likewise, within the 13 tracks of "Snow in Summer", alongside 18th century sonatas you'll hear arrangements of folk songs: sparse, ambient string textures, plucked notes resonating like stars in a clear nights sky, and a voice soaring high above.
Snow in Summer is based on the music of Northern Scotland and Scandinavia, with ancient vocal and instrumental melodies interspersed with new composi- tions inspired by rugged northern landscapes. Winter is a time of solitude, but also of festivity and story-telling. Snow in Summer gives the space to reflect on the passing of time, the seasons, memories and loves lost, and connections to the land.
Inspired by the beauty of this repertoire which blends baroque and folk music idioms, Evergreen Ensemble has commissioned a series of sonatas entitled 'Australian Seasons', one of which will be premiered at their Snow in Summer concert tour. Written by the young, Sydney-based composer Alice Chance, it explores a new genre of Australian baroque music written in the 21st century.
Liner notes include brief program notes.
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