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Raminta Šerkšnytė
Almond Blossom

Year of Composition:  2006
Duration:  13
Instrumentation:  fl-ob-cl-tp-vn-vc-gui-perc-pf
Samples:   Audio

Movements:

1. First Rays of Sun in the Early Spring

2. The Feeling of the Last Spring

3. Almond Blossom

 

Commissioned by the New Music Concerts (Canada).

 

Premiere:

30 April 2006 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto (Canada)

Performers: New Music Concerts Ensemble, artistic director and conductor Robert Aitken

 

Released recordings:

CD zoom in 6: new music from Lithuania. - Vilnius: Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD048, 2007

 

Programme note:

One of the last paintings by Vincent van Gogh – Almond Blossom – was the direct inspiration for this piece. Though most of his paintings are of dark, gloomy mood, Almond Blossom is distinguished by its incredibly light impressionist colours and subtle Oriental flavour.

 

My piece is also based on hearing music 'in colours,' trying to achieve the 'chords' of 'light' and 'dark,' 'warm' and 'cold,' balancing between simplicity, clarity of Oriental music and Occidental concert music tradition.

 

Raminta Šerkšnytė

 

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