Pilgrim of Curiosity
Oliver Searle


There are no foreign lands; it is the traveller only who is foreign, and now and again, by a flash of
recollection, lights up the contrasts of the ear.

(Robert Louis Stevenson; Silverado Squatters)

This extended piece for wind quintet explores amalgamations of culture, through a number of musical memories and references, in eight distinct movements (which can be played individually, or in any order):

Orthodox: Kintyre fishing boat to St Cyril and Methodius Serbian Orthodox Church, Ljubljana
Millport Godzilla: Staten Island Ferry to Cathedral of the Isles, Cumbrae
Blue Benedictine: Chicago River Tour to the church of San Miniato al Monte, in Florence
Regeren: Rhubodach Ferry (Isle of Bute), to St Bavo's Cathedral, Haarlem, Netherlands
Illinois Acceptance: Englischer Garten Pleasure-boat to Baha’i Temple, in Illinois
(An arrangement of the final movement of String Quartet No.1, by Erwin Schulhoff)
Waverley Dawn: Waverley Steamer to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), Thailand
나 무 (Namu): Clyde waterbus from the Broomielaw (Glasgow), to Haedong Yonggungsa
Temple, South Korea
Selamat Tinggal: Kerrera Speedboat to the Masjid Jamek mosque in Kuala Lumpur

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Instrumentation Genre Ensemble (no conductor)
Tag quintet
Duration 36 minutes
Instrumentation Flute [1 player]; Oboe (+ cor anglais) [1 player]; Clarinet [1 player]; Horn [1 player]; Bassoon [1 player]

Performances of this work

Date Venue Performer Link
New Music for Winds
Craxton Studios, London, England, UK London New Wind Festival

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