Still River Air
2 flutes (+picc, alto), clarinet (+bass), alto sax, baritone sax, guitar, harp, keyboard, drumkit, soprano voice, 3 violins, cello
A finalist in the 2013 Runswick Prize at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Still River Air is based on seven photographs by iconic American photographer Ansel Adams, from the exhibition From the Mountains to the Sea at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
The work is in three sections. The first describes two images of still water, the second a group of river-rapid images and the third represents photographs of waterfall spray. Still River Air is scored for the unusual ensemble prescribed by the terms of the competition and has a duration of just under 10 minutes.
Praise for Still River Air
From the adjudicator’s report:
‘I was drawn to distinctly different photographs during different sections of the piece which was a remarkable experience.’
‘the tone of the music felt incredibly well judged alongside the images of the exhibition.’
‘absolutely beautiful, brilliantly executed’
First performance: Thursday 14 March 2013, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Gregory Rose.