Ian Wilson: in blue sea or sky

Ian Wilson in blue sea or sky
in blue sea or sky

Ian Wilson: in blue sea or sky

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for harp
Ian Wilson
Commissioned by Cliona Doris with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland
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in blue sea or sky

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Press reviews

“One associates the concert harp with lush arpeggios and rich glissandi, but nothing could be sparer than Ian Wilson’s new work, ‘In blue sea or sky’. It alters its harmonies so frequently that there is no time to linger over passing concordances, which end with single notes disappearing off the top of the instrument’s range. The title refers to pictures by Cy Twombly, in which it is not clear whether the ostensible subjects, boats, are floating in the sea or the sky. The music moves between the two elements with easy freedom; nothing much happens, the movement is all.”

(The Irish Times, 22 October 2000. Cliona Doris, harp)

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