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The Inner Voices of Blue : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble

by Miriama Young (2006)

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Performance by Rebecca Ringle, New Millennium Ensemble from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 93.

Inner Voices of Blue


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The Inner Voices of Blue / Miriama Young ; text: 'Côte d'Azur' by Sarah Arvio.

Library shelf no. 783.6754/YOU 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This setting of Sarah Arvio's poem 'Côte d'Azur' renders through sound a fleeting moment of oceanic immersion, as the water speaks its mysteries. It depicts various vocal characters that speak through the water - with words mellifluous, sometimes esoteric, often wise. Throughout the piece, the spoken voices provoke the sea into a series of tidal undulations, each its own, until subsumed by a breaker wave of vocal lyricism.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, piano + various percussion (medium metal bowl, mallets), vibraphone, violin, cello.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Composed for New Millennium Ensemble with mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle

First performance: by Rebecca Ringle, New Millennium Ensemble — 20 Nov 06. Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

The composer notes:
‘For her piece entitled The Inner Voices of Blue, Miriama used a small instrumental ensemble almost identical to that used by Schoenberg…. Miriama employed special techniques, percussive and otherwise on the piano, played expertly by Richard Bailey. The greater part of the poem by the American poet Sarah Arvio (b. 1954) was sung by Heather Ireson. Her rich creamy mezzo, often supporting very long held, unwavering slow passages was a real delight... The poem Côte d’Azur speaks of the sea, of water and of tides and Miriama’s instrumental writing coloured many aspects of this seascape most effectively. It was a moving and wonderfully imaginative piece of sound painting’. – Alan Cooper reviewing the UK premiere of The Inner Voices of Blue, 2008, Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen

Performances of this work

20 Nov 06: Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. Featuring Rebecca Ringle, New Millennium Ensemble.

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