Whitel's Ey

(2008)

by John Woolrich

Description
orchestra
Duration
14
Genres
Full Orchestra
Instrumentation
picc.1.1.ca.1.bcl.1.cbsn - 4310 - timp - perc(2): hi-hat/Chinese.cym/lion's roar/tuned gongs(C & Eb)/guiro/mcas/2 spring coils/whip/log drum/BD/sleigh bells/siz.cym - harp - strings
Commission
Co-commissioned by Huntingdonshire District Council and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough on behalf of the Great Fen Project. The Great Fen Project partners gratefully acknowledge financial support towards the commissioning of ‘Whittel’s Ey’ from The PRS Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation and the RVW Trust.
First Performance
6.5.09, Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, UK: Britten Sinfonia
Availability
Score and parts in preparation
Programme Notes
There’s no tabula rasa in music: every piece of music is connected to something else, certainly other music, but also perhaps a poem, a picture or a person. Or even a landscape. Some composers have used landscape as a metaphor for the structure of a piece, others have attempted to evoke the atmosphere of landscapes real (In the Fen Country) or imaginary (Egdon Heath). ‘Whitel’s Ey’ started with a walk in the Great Fen and conversations there. Later I looked at John Clare’s poetry and journals and Iain Sinclair’s book, ‘Edge of the Orison’, which traces John Clare’s ‘journey out of Essex’. The piece grew out of the memory of the landscape and the texts, and also thoughts about the two resonant spaces where the piece will have its first performances. Iain Sinclair’s book gave me the title, ‘Whitel’s Ey’, one step away from Whittlesey. ‘Whitel’s Ey’ co-commissioned by Huntingdonshire District Council and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough on behalf of the Great Fen Project. The Great Fen Project partners gratefully acknowledge financial support towards the commissioning of ‘Whitel’s Ey’ from The PRS Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation and the RVW Trust. John Woolrich

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