Notes: Based on the poems ‘The Green Poem’ by Can Yücel and ‘Beyond Time’ by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar
Programme note: This piece was written as part of the British Council sponsored ‘From Word to Sound’ project. It is inspired by two pieces of Turkish poetry. The striking, vibrant imagery of Can Yücel’s Green Poem (Yeşil şiir) strongly suggested a very particular musical soundworld; influencing both my choice of instrumentation and my exploration of primarily colour and texture focussed compositional language in this piece. The more abstract aesthetic of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s Beyond Time, meanwhile, primarily influenced the fine, phrase-level detailing and shaping of the musical material. The enticing narrative arc of the Green Poem also greatly informed the large-scale structural shape of my piece which could, almost, be considered a direct setting of the text, even though neither of the performers ever speaks or sings a word.
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