Anna Clyne. Overflow (SCO commission, World Premiere)

  • 15 Apr 2021, 7:30 p.m., SCO Website / YouTube / Facebook, Online, None, Event page

Repertoire Overflow, by Anna Clyne

Oboist Nicholas Daniel directs the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) Wind Soloists in the World Premiere of SCO Associate Composer Anna Clyne’s Overflow inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem By The Sea, in which the reader experiences the ocean’s power over the poet’s imagination – both alluring, unsettling and dangerous. The piece takes its title from the line ‘would overflow with pearl’ which reminded Clyne of an image from Jalaluddin Rumi’s poem Where Everything is Music, whereby the tiniest motion of a pearl on the ocean floor can cause great waves above. The opening sonority of Overflow also draws inspiration from Rumi’s words of a ‘slow and powerful root that we can’t see,’ with a low B-flat, the lowest pitch of the ensemble, emerging from silence.

This concert also features Caplet’s Suite Persane and Dvořák’s Czech Suite, in an arrangement by bassoonist Graham Sheen.

Filmed at Perth Concert Hall, this concert will be broadcast via SCO’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
The video will be available until the 15th May on the SCO Website


By The Sea
by Emily Dickinson

I started Early – Took my Dog –
And visited the Sea –
The Mermaids in the Basement
Came out to look at me –

And Frigates – in the Upper Floor
Extended Hempen Hands –
Presuming Me to be a Mouse –
Aground – opon the Sands –

But no Man moved Me – till the Tide
Went past my simple Shoe –
And past my Apron – and my Belt
And past my Boddice – too –

And made as He would eat me up –
As wholly as a Dew
Opon a Dandelion's Sleeve –
And then – I started – too –

And He – He followed – close behind –
I felt His Silver Heel
Opon my Ancle – Then My Shoes
Would overflow with Pearl –

Until We met the Solid Town –
No One He seemed to know –
And bowing – with a Mighty look –
At me – The Sea withdrew –

Performers SCO Wind Soloists
Promoter Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Submitted by Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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