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Judith Weir

Publisher: Chester Music

On the Palmy Beach (2019)
Commissioned by Kings Place, and first performed there on 24th October 2019 by Ruby Hughes (soprano), Natalie Clein (cello) and Julius Drake (piano)
Text Writer
Wallace Stevens; Kathleen Jamie; Norman MacCaig; Emily Dickinson
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Voices and 1-6 players
Year Composed
13 Minutes
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Programme Note
Judith Weir On the Palmy Beach (2019)
On the Palmy Beach comprises four idiosyncratic views of life in the sea and on the beach. ‘Fabliau of Florida’ (Wallace Stevens) is a complex sea view with powerful, ever-changing textures. ‘The Glass-hulled Boat’ (Kathleen Jamie) reveals a phantasmagorical jellyfish, represented musically by the cello. ‘Basking Shark’ (Norman McCaig) relates another personal encounter with a sea-creature, provoking reflections about pre-history and evolution. ‘I started Early – Took my Dog’ (Emily Dickinson) is a gripping account of the waves on a beach, and their almost sexual pursuit of the poet (who, it is thought, never actually saw the sea in her lifetime.)

Programme note © 2019 Judith Weir

  • 09 MAR 2020
    Wigmore Hall / London / UK
    Ruby Hughes, soprano Julius Drake, piano Natalie Clein, cello

    Other Dates:
    23 March - Royal Northern College of Music / Manchester / UK
    24 March - Richmond Concerts Society / London / UK
    16 October - Inner Temple / London / UK

Voluptuous and witty, salty and bracing, with a delicious personification of a jellyfish, this short song cycle should go straight into the repertoire.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer,02/11/2019
...a quietly quixotic setting of poems by Wallace Stevens and Emily Dickinson, among others, all with marine resonances and inspiring a tasteful and touching response from this most inventive of composers.
Barry Millington, Evening Standard (London),25/10/2019
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