ISLANDIA

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & ELECTROACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS · 2017

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Islandia is derived from the rhythms and structures of traditional Polynesian music and is dedicated to the late David Fanshawe (1942-2010), who created some of the finest recordings of traditional music ever made. Elms was privileged to be shown around Fanshaweʼs recording archive by the composer-recordist himself in 2009, yet it wasnʼt until 2015 that Elms felt capable of paying a musical tribute to such a warm and generous character.

The spirit of traditional Polynesian music is profoundly moving and resonates on a personal level, despite its cultural and linguistic barriers. It is this humanist connection that Elms wanted to explore with the entire series of Islandia, which were written during his time in Aldeburgh. The imagery of a music being self-contained and surrounded by tremulous waters is referenced by the title Islandia and it is this same imagery that influenced the instrumentation and function of the four works: single instruments — or islands — that maintain their own ideals, rhythms and developments amidst an ocean of others, which contrast or oppose.

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)