our share of night to bear
for soprano, trombone, percussion, 6 pianos
The Royal College of Music’s new atrium has a beautiful, luminous acoustic ... constantly demonstrated by the music that floats in from our upstairs practice rooms.
Web score and recording
The premiere of this work used an automatic web score that displayed the score one phrase at a time to the players.
our share of night to bear is a setting of the poem with the same title by Emily Dickinson.
Our share of morning,
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning.
Here a star, and there a star,
Some lose their way.
Here a mist, and there a mist,
This work is more of a dramatisation of the poem, rather than a faithful song-like setting. “Night” is dark, turbulent, and horrifying, a musical overload and breakdown with a heavy dose of “scorning” – pianistic sarcasm. It posesses the opening soundworld and later intrudes twice, but soon evaporates into the calm of “day.”
Eyra Norman, soprano and vocal art James Parkinson, trombone Toril Azzalini-Machecler, percussion Cristiana Achim, piano 1 Roelof Temmingh, piano 2 and project director Arthur Di Francesco, piano 3 Ilayda Oguz, piano 4 Osman Tack, piano 5 Aidan Chan, piano 6 George Campbell, web consultant RCM Chamber Music and Digital Learning teams
Beware: the beginning is loud!
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