Universal Edition - Ian Wilson – About the Music


Ian Wilson

About the Music

For Ian Wilson, art is “someone’s perception of the world made visible”.

Wilson’s view of the world is expressed as an accumulation of different perspectives encompassing nature (Timelessly This, Between the moon and the deep blue sea), the work of visual artists (An Angel Serves a Small Breakfast, Abyssal), abstract musical thought (Limena, Eigenschatten) and meta-commentaries on pre-existing texts (Hamelin, Humpty Dumpty). But it is also life experience itself that generates Wilson’s work, with the artist not observing from a distance but rather engaging in commentary through direct involvement in the world around him: life, death and faith are threads that affirm an ideology by turns spiritual and intensely human (The Seven Last Words, Messenger, Rich Harbour, … wander, darkling are clear instances of this). His is a voracious imagination that draws on wide-ranging sources.

A great deal of Wilson’s music speaks to both listeners and performers in direct terms with a lyricism tempered by a dark harmonic piquancy. The music also possesses a dramatic sense of space and broad sense of line that traces a path for the listener in an uncluttered manner, despite its sophistication and occasional complexity. "Technical compositional procedures are always subservient to expression and are used to achieve the aim of expressing whatever mood, emotion or idea I’m interested in at the moment."