Landscape and Memory

Simon Bainbridge (1952)

Landscape and Memory 1995

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Duration 
16
Solist 
Publisher 

In Landscape and Memory for solo horn and chamber orchestra I have rediscovered the idea that first came to fruition in Path to Othona, written in 1982. In both compositions the listener is invited to hear the work, not necessarily as a 'right to left' musical continuity of thematic and temporary development, but rather as an exploration in 'frozen time' of a complex multi-layered musical landscape, where both background and foreground detail are perceived from endlessly changing perspectives. The listener is in effect walking through and around the musical 'objects'.

I see this 'sculptural' listening process as being somewhat similar to finding oneself in the middle of a strange and completely unknown city, a labyrinth of roads and passageways. By slowly transversing this alien environment, one begins to remember recurring landmarks and from a virtual perception on one's surroundings, a linear pathway of connection gradually unfolds.

I have taken the liberty of using the title of Simon Schama's book, because it so admirably illustrated the intention behind this work.

© Simon Bainbridge

Performances 
5.11.95 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta
18.10.03 Gaia Centre, Cornwall: Brunel Ensemble / Christopher Austin
11.9.08 Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London: Azelea Ensemble/Christopher Austin
1.2.13 Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London: Manson Ensemble/Franck Ollu
2
Flute
1st doubling piccolo, 2nd doubling piccolo & alto flute
1
Oboe
cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling bass clarinet
1
Bassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
2
Violin
2
Violin II
2
Viola
2
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
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