'Anderson's beautiful, intense little nocturne...'   The Sunday Times

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Programme Notes

The Colour of Pomegranates is a short nocturne for alto flute and piano, after the film of the same name by the Armenian director Paradjanov. In one part of the film a peasant sits on a cupola playing his flute to the accompaniment of church bells from below; in my piece this image is translated into the slow, lyrical melody played by the alto flute, while the piano provides the bells. The piece uses few special effects, save overblowing to produce chords of harmonics towards the close. The Colour of Pomegranates was commissioned by the Park Lane Group.

Julian Anderson

Reviews

'Anderson's beautiful, intense little nocturne...'
The Sunday Times (Paul Driver), 15 January 1995

The Colour of Pomegranates

Alte Grammophonfabrik (Hannover, Germany)

Das Neue Ensemble Hannover

The Colour of Pomegranates

The Music of Julian Anderson

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Guildhall New Music Ensemble, Richard Baker, BBC Singers, Nicholas Kok

The Colour of Pomegranates

Also features 'Ring Dance' and 'Van Gogh Blue' (Schott)

Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, United Kingdom)

Students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

The Colour of Pomegranates

St Luke's Church (Brighton, United Kingdom)

Helen Whitaker, Martin Butler

The Colour of Pomegranates

Also RING DANCE and Van Gogh Blue

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (Boston, MA, USA)

Callithumpian Consort