Ian Wilson: Limena

Ian Wilson Limena
Limena

Ian Wilson: Limena

Year of composition:
1998/2006
Scored for:
for piano and string quartet
Composer:
Ian Wilson
Instrumentation details:
pno
violin
violin
viola
violoncello
Duration:
17’
Dedication:
for Matthew Schellhorn
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Work introduction

This piece shares some of the characteristics of an earlier chamber piece of mine called Leaves and Navels, in that it begins with a feeling of mind wandering, with ideas coming into focus only to be replaced by other ideas, not unlike a Joycean stream-of-consciousness. As the piece progresses the strongest ideas are returned to, sometimes being developed, sometimes not. The opening third of the piece is set mainly in the top half of the piano, while the middle part becomes darker and more profound in tone and timbre, its chant-like melody serving the same purpose as a Dies irae. The final part is more reflective, more concerned with what has gone before.

The string orchestra is always supportive of the soloist in this work, and I have them muted throughout, using metal practice mutes in order to keep the atmosphere as intimate as possible, and also to exploit the unusual timbre of these devices.

The work was commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra for Hugh Tinney and that ensemble.

Ian Wilson

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Limena

Ian Wilson: Limena

set of parts
for piano and string quartet , 17’

Limena

Ian Wilson: Limena

score
for piano and string quartet , 17’

World première

Location:
Oxford
Date:
16.02.2007
Orchestra:
Carducci Quartet

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