Tonight my short song-cycle Remembrances of Half-Forgotten Dead People receives its world premiere. The lovely folks at London Composers Forum have included it in their Piano Plus concert, where it will be sung by soprano Tamara Tempera.
The concert also includes works by other members of London Composers Forum – it’s going to be a very varied programme!
So if you’re looking for something to do this evening, come along and have a listen: It’s a favourite piece of mine and I’m really looking forward to finally hearing it with a real singer.
The concert starts at 7.30 at Lauderdale House, near Highgate Village. It’s a ten-minute walk from Archway tube station. Full details are available on the LCF website event page. Find me and say hello if you come!
As part of the London New Wind Festival, Caitlin Rowley’s new composition, Deconstruct: Point, line, plane, will receive its world premiere on 28 September at St Cyprian’s Church in London.
Deconstruct: Point, line, plane is written for flexible ensemble consisting of five instruments plus piano. For this performance, the five instruments will be violin, oboe, clarinet, horn and trombone, but the piece can also be performed by a standard wind quintet or by only strings plus piano, or a range of combinations. While the starting point for the piece’s melodic material is the opening of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, the piece itself developed through ideas sparked by the composer’s reading of Kandinsky’s theories, especially those expressed at the beginning of Point, line and plane. The work doesn’t attempt to create either a musical representation of Kandinsky’s paintings, or even a direct translation of the artist’s theories, but rather is informed by his ideas of the nature of these basic elements of painting and explores how they intersect in a musical context.
More information about the concert can be found on the Festival’s website. Tickets are available at the door for £8, or £5 concession.