Silver Wing


Length / year

3' - 1997

Instrumentation

cl/pfte

Programme note

'Silver Wing' is one of three short pieces commissioned by the clarinettist Peryn Clement-Evans, with funds made available from the Arts Council of Wales, for first performance at the Wrexham Festival in May 1997. It was composed during February and March 1997.

'Silver Wing' is inspired by the second of the two Faery Songs of Keats. In 1995 I visited Rome and wrote a piece for the Keats bicentenary celebrations. 'Silver Wing' was developed from sketches for a second work which was never completed. A simple descending bass of four notes is used throughout the piece with pan-diatonic harmony above. As this romantic song progresses its range, register and dynamic intensity increase.