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Composing music might be likened to juggling whilst riding a unicycle: what a wonderful feeling to keep all the balls in the air and not fall off! But this is only possible after a few preliminaries have been taken care of. First one has to invent the wheel. Then the ball. And then all the other components of the unicycle (and figure out how they’re put together). Nobody wants to see the joins, or know how it put together, yet there are so many concepts that must be understood and internalised for everything to appear seamless. So composing is not easy. Yet how can one resist those unlimited possibilities, especially in a world where so much is organised for us, and it can seem that we have so little freedom?
And why is that the best music in the world feels so damn good? I wish I knew, but at least through trying to write the stuff, I can feel like I’m somehow engaging with this question…
“Your pieces always strike me in this way - I'm witnessing something weird, as if I'm struggling to see in at a window to a ritual - and am constantly trying for a more complete view, because it's engrossing and each time I don't quite get the whole picture. For me this is part of what art should do. I wish I knew the secret!”– Piers Helliwell
Rich in content and association, depth and perspective: this is music by a composer with a ‘hinterland’– Rob Keeley on A Very Serious Game
Whalley Works now published
Richard Whalley is delighted to be one of the founder-member composers to be published by Composers Edition. Scores and parts now available from composersedition.com
New Sounds from Manchester CD released
Stunning and challenging works for string quartet all receiving their first recordings. The Quatuor Danel is the quartet in residence at the University of Manchester (England); all of the composers have strong links with the University too. Established composers John Casken and Philip Grange are joined by two of the new generation, Camden Reeves and Richard Whalley, with works of exceptional distinctiveness and inspiration.
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