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Roads Shining Like River Uphill After Rain

posted on 2021-02-24, 15:43 authored by Colin RileyColin Riley
Roads Shining Like River Uphill after Rain, April 2017

Roads Shining Like River Uphill after Rain was premiered by the Oxford Bach Soloists (conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies) in New College Chapel, Oxford on 15 April 2017. The solo cellist was Gabriella Swallow.

The composition aims to explore a new form for a choral work, and investigate how fragments of text by the poet Edward Thomas might be fashioned into a narrative which provides a quasi-dramatic arch. The piece also explores how a solo cello can be integrated into the fabric of choral music as a) an obligatto line, b) an additional ‘voice-without-words’ an c) as an accompaniment instrument.

Information about mp3 recording
squeaky kate music (redistributed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Roads Shining Like River Up Hill After Rain
5 ghost shards for choir and cello

Music – Colin Riley
Libretto compiled by Robert Macfarlane
Based on fragments of poetry by Edward Thomas

Performed by Gabriella Swallow and Pegasus conducted by Matthew Altham
Recorded in St Mary's Church, Twickenham, London (2019)
Recording and editing by Tim Hand
Editing and mastering by Roger King

Link to more info (including the full libretto)