ISLANDIA

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & ELECTROACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS · 2017


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Rhythmical patterns from the Pacific Islands are fused with Western orchestral textures and driving electronics to create an expressive work that comments on the current state of globalisation and draws parallels between the conflicting ideologies of today and those contained within the original writing of Austin Tappan Wright, from which the musical work borrows its title.

Islandia is the first of five introspective compositions that Elms created upon the theme of “the sea and solitude”. During the period in which these compositions were created (2015-17), a surge of neo nationalism had affected the UK, which prompted isolation, division and derision between races, communities, friends and families, all of which influenced the referendum of of 23rd June 2016 (Brexit) and the nation’s decision to isolate itself from the European Union. Since that time, Islandia, and the four other compositions that are collated in an album of the same name, has assumed the role of “sonic manifesto”: a call for both personal and national introspection and reflection in order to ensure that our actions and opinions are not unduly influenced and do not lead to unnecessary isolation from one another.

1 TRUMPET C
3 PERCUSSION

crotales (C4-C6) · vibraphone (F3-F6) with bow · tuned gong (E2) · bass drum (approx. 40")

1 ELECTRIC GUITAR

with on-stage amplifier · EBow/EBow Plus · volume, reverb and delay signal processors

1 PIANO
STRING QUARTET
SAMPLER* SYNTHESIZER

*A polyphonic synthesizer of at least 6 voices may be used as an alternative instrument if provision of a sampler is not possible.

DURATION: c.10 MINUTES
PUBLISHED BY MUSIC SALES
ALDEBURGH, NOV 2015 (First Sketch)