Universal Edition - Ian Wilson – Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson
Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea

Year of composition: 1997
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Ian Wilson
Instrumentation: 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel, str
Instrumentation details:
picc·2·2·eh·2·bcl·2·cbn - 4·3·3·1 - timp, perc (3) - hp, cel - strings
Commissioned by: Commissioned by the Ulster Youth Orchestra with funds from the National Lottery
Duration: 10′
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Audio Excerpt

Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea ...

World Première

Location: University of Ulster Coleraine / Great Britain
Date: 29.08.1997
Orchestra: Ulster Youth Orchestra
Conductor: Gunther Bauer-Schenk

Work Introduction

This work attempts to combine the inspiration of a striking landscape with the aspiration of creating a mini-concerto for orchestra. The landscape was the one I visited in summer 1996, the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast of County Clare, where I was struck by the grandeur and atmosphere of these huge cliffs, the sea and birds far below, and the Aran isles in the misty distance. Considering these three aspects gave rise to specific musical ideas and my thoughts then turned to ensuring that every section and all the principal players in the orchestra had their moment in the spotlight, while still retaining a coherent sense of form and structure.

Essentially the piece works up to the last section where the three main ideas combine and the full orchestra comes together for the first time.

Between the moon and the deep blue sea ... was commissioned for the Ulster Youth Orchestra with funds from the National Lottery.

Ian Wilson


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