...from bursting suns escaping...

Christian Mason (1984)

...from bursting suns escaping... 2006

3333 - 4331 - perc(2) - harp - piano - strings
Duration 
3
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Energy of unseen light

From bursting suns escaping

Out into the clear night

Of distant eyes awaking

An enduring concern with the nature and significance of sound/music was powerfully present while writing this piece. Why do we compose and listen to music? What does sound do to (and for) us? I began to think of light as an analogy for sound, both being kinds of life-forming energy. Just as light is necessary to our physical existence, sound leaves deep impressions on our inner life, our spirit. Both are sources of transformation, but whereas the fruits of light-energy are clearly visible, the interior impact of sound-energy is invisible.

Christian Mason

Performances 
17.10.06 LSO St Luke's, London: London Symphony Orchestra/Francois-Xavier Roth
23.2.07 BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/James MacMillan
3
Flute
2nd doubling alto flute, 3rd doubling piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
3
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
3rd bass trombone
1
Tuba
2
Percussion
vibraphone, 3 suspended cymbals, tam-tam, glockenspiel, crotales, tubular bells
1
Harp
1
Piano
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