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Tirlun

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Tirlun 2008

3222 - 4231 - timp.perc(2) - harp - strings
Duration 
9
Genre 
Commissioner 
Publisher 

The Welsh word ‘tirlun’ refers to the idea of landscape and also to the relationship people have with their surroundings. When I was approached to compose this work for the Ulster Orchestra I was asked if I could create music in response to the landscape of my native Wales. I thought about the area that I grew up in, where highly industrialised communities existed amongst the beautiful landscapes of the South Wales Valleys creating stark contrasts between nature and industry. At the time I was also reading poetry by T. H. Parry Williams; the following passage provided an initial stimulus for the piece.

Ni byddaf yn siwr pwy ydwyf yn iawn
Mewn iseldiroedd bras a di-fawn

- Mae cochni fy ngwaed ers canrifoedd hir
Yn gwybod fod rhagor rhwng tir a thir.

Ond gwn pwy wyf, os caf innau fryn
A mawndir a phabwyr a chraig a llyn.
I don’t know who I am
On rich lowland lacking peat

- Down the centuries my red blood
Has sensed the differences between land and land.

But I know who I am, if given a hill
Peat-bog and rushes, rock and lake.
T. H. Parry Williams (1887-1975)

Mark Bowden

Performances 
22.8.08 St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, Northern Ireland: Ulster Orchestra / David Hill
3
Flute
3rd piccolo
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Bassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
2
Percussion
crotales, bass drum, snare drum, whip, xylophone, 5 tom-toms, large bamboo wind chimes
14
Violin
12
Violin II
10
Viola
8
Cello
6
Double bass
1
Harp
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