Wendy Hiscocks

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SHADES OF THE ALHAMBRA (2004, 2009)

SHADES OF THE ALHAMBRA (2004, 2009)
Eve of Saint John; Zorahayda; The Taper; Lullaby of the Gothic Princess; Boabdil
Duration: 25 minutes

Programme note Some compositions have a long gestation period and the initial spark of inspiration for this suite was undoubtedly triggered by a visit to the Alhambra while on holiday in Grenada many years ago. It impressed me as being the most beautiful palace I had ever seen. A reading of Washington Irving’s book Tales of the Alhambra (1832) based on Moorish legends and myths associated with the Alhambra, further fuelled the imagination and provided the dramatic focus for the ensuing musical scenes. A first draft of the work was completed as early as 2004 which was then revised in 2009 in readiness for its première on August 3rd, 2010 at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, performed by Michael Collins (cl.), Louise Hopkins (vc.) and Kristian Chang (pf.)
A performance by Sarah Thurlow (cl), Brian Mullan (vc) and Wendy Hiscocks (pf) can be heard on the Symposium CD 1389 of Wendy’s Chamber Music (for more information go to ‘Recordings’ and ‘Reviews’)

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Australian Music Centre. www.amcoz.com.au

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