Black Rainbow

Charlotte Bray (1982)

Black Rainbow 2013

3333 - 4331 - timp - perc(3) - harp - strings
Duration 
10
Genre 
Publisher 

Written during a residency at The MacDowell Colony, New HampshireCommissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for their Youth Orchestra under Jac van Steen, Black Rainbow found its inspiration in the Pageant Amphitheater at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire. Built in the 1920’s, this stunning space has an intense, powerful energy. The work is an expression of imagined scenes played out here. A rainbow seen at night can be referred to as a black rainbow; difficult to see, the colors are often hidden; a metaphor for something sought after but impossible to attain, an alluring ongoing search. The first movement is dark and ritualistic. It’s mid summer and the air is tight, uncomfortable. The light grey, purple almost. The second is fleeting, sensual; time is suspended, a dream-like state.

Charlotte Bray

Performances 
23.2.14 Symphony Hall, Birmingham; CBSO Youth Orchestra/Jac van Steen
29.11.14 York University: The University of York Symphony Orchestra/John Stringer
14.3.15 St John’s Smith Square, London: Kensington Symphony Orchestra/Alice Farnham
3
Flute
3
Oboe
3
Clarinet
3
Bassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
3
Percussion
1
Harp
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