Peter Seabourne with North/South Consonance Ensemble 2006 New York

My River - septet - 2005 duration 10 minutes

My river runs to thee.
Blue sea, wilt thou welcome me?
My river awaits reply.
Oh! sea, look graciously.

I'll fetch thee brooks
from spotted nooks.
Say, sea,
Take me!

Inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem of the same name, this ten minute, one movement ensemble piece is energetic, bubbling, predominantly bright harmonic palette. It builds around a favourite three note motif A-G-E flat, and this courses through gestural and dance-like passages. At the centre is a moment of poignant repose, which echoes the first piece of my compositional incarnation, Split the Lark....

My River was selected by the North/South Consonance Ensemble of New York in open competition of well over 200 scores, and was given its première by them in June 2006 at the Church of Christ and St. Stephen in New York, under Max Lifchitz.

Scoring: flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, 'cello and piano

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