Whitel's Ey

John Woolrich (1954)

Whitel's Ey 2008

2222 - 4310 - timp - perc(2) - harp - strings
Duration 
14
Genre 
Publisher 

There’s no tabula rasa in music: every piece of music is connected to something else, certainly other music, but also perhaps a poem, a picture or a person. Or even a landscape. Some composers have used landscape as a metaphor for the structure of a piece, others have attempted to evoke the atmosphere of landscapes real (In the Fen Country) or imaginary (Egdon Heath). ‘Whitel’s Ey’ started with a walk in the Great Fen and conversations there. Later I looked at John Clare’s poetry and journals and Iain Sinclair’s book, ‘Edge of the Orison’, which traces John Clare’s ‘journey out of Essex’. The piece grew out of the memory of the landscape and the texts, and also thoughts about the two resonant spaces where the piece will have its first performances. Iain Sinclair’s book gave me the title, ‘Whitel’s Ey’, one step away from Whittlesey.

‘Whitel’s Ey’ co-commissioned by Huntingdonshire District Council and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough on behalf of the Great Fen Project. The Great Fen Project partners gratefully acknowledge financial support towards the commissioning of ‘Whitel’s Ey’ from The PRS Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation and the RVW Trust.

John Woolrich

Performances 
6.5.09, Peterborough Cathedral: Britten Sinfonia/Garry Walker
7.5.09 Kings College Chapel, Cambridge: Britten Sinfonia/Garry Walker
12.6.10 Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Garry Walker
2
Flute
2nd piccolo
2
Oboe
2nd cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2nd bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Timpani
2
Percussion
hi-hat, chinese cymbal, lion's roar, tuned gongs (C & Eb), guiro, maracas, 2 spring coils, whip, log drum, bass drum, sleigh bells, sizzle cymbal
1
Harp
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