Largely inspired by the visual arts, this programme highlights music which encourages us to consider and imagine various visual elements. William Scott, whose works hang in the Ulster Museum, is the focus for our Featured Composer Greg Caffrey and we also premiere a recent work by Amelia Clarkson, an upcoming local composer formerly supported by our PRSf scheme.
There is an American connection between Perry Goldstein, whose piece Twittering Machine was inspired by Paul Klee’s painting, Jane O’Leary, with her atmospheric vision of Gwen O’Dowd’s abstract sea paintings and John Luther Adams The Light Within. He describes the inspiration behind the piece “On a crisp autumn day sitting inside Meeting - Turrell’s skyspace at PS1 in Queens, New York - I experienced my own epiphany of light. From mid-afternoon through sunset into night, I was transfixed by the magical interplay of light and colour, above and within. Over the hours the sky descended through every nameless shade of blue, to heaviest black. The light within the space rose from softest white, through ineffable yellow to deepest orange. Just after sunset there came a moment when outside and inside met in perfect equipoise. The midnight blue of the sky and the burnished peach of the room came together, fusing into one vibrant yet intangible plane...light becoming colour, becoming substance.”
3 movements on the work of William Scott (2017) - Greg Caffrey (1963)
Beneath the Dark Blue Waves (2019) - Jane O’Leary (1946)
The Light Within (2007) - John Luther Adams (1953)
In the Light of Air – Serenity (2014) Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977)