Something in the Mist

Something in the Mist

First performed by the English Young Artists’ Sinfonia on the 22nd of March at Cecil Sharp House, London.

Programme Note

The mist is thick with fear and tension. An unclear sense of location and co-ordination causes a journey full of twists and turns. An unsettled vision shrouds what is around the corner. The thick white cloud surrounds us within the discordant textures of the piece. The opening projects us into a world of uncertainty with piercing harmonics and fragmented melodies in the woodwind. Homophonic chords cut through the texture bringing focus to the vision of something in the mist. Without warning the music moves into a quicker momentum with the orchestra pulsating thick ever-changing chords. With an ambiguous direction and inconsistent beat the driven music turns to a calmer projection of the opening. The harmony becomes more consonant with a clearer view in sight. The open orchestration gives a lighter sense with the mist rising and the surrounding area becoming more focused. In an abrupt shift the music returns to the dramatic section we heard before. The change in tonal centre adds intense apprehension to the music propelling us into the inevitable end.