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Haflidi Hallgrímsson

Publisher: Chester Music

Verse I (1975)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
1975
Duration
7 Minutes
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In April 1975 I occupied a flat in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, near the seafront. As a member of the English Chamber Orchestra, I had come to work for a week on a recording of Britten’s opera ‘Death in Venice’, so the real and suggested sound of the sea was in my ears, so to speak, for days on end. A few weeks later, when I started work on 'Verse 1', it became clear in the first few bars that I was recalling and suggesting the sea and the beach at Aldeburgh. I am not aware of any direct influence from Britten’s music, but I do, however, quote a small fragment from a theme to be found in a piano quartet by Mahler, played early in the piece by the flute (bars 6 & 7).

'Verse 1' marks the beginning of a more ambitious and intense style of composition. The ideas are relatively simple and develop gradually in a cyclic fashion within a one movement, sectional design. Progressively faster tempi lead to the main climax of the work near the end of the piece. Then a short coda leads to a very quiet ending and a return to the original tonal centre of C.

This work was awarded the First Prize in the Viotti International Competition for composers, in Italy in 1975.

  • Ensemble
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Virginia Black, harpsichord / Philippa Davies, flute / Haflidi Hallgrímsson, cello / Pétur Jónasson, guitar
    Conductor
    Haflidi Hallgrímsson
    Merlin:
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