The Darkest Shore by Tom Harrold
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'The Darkest Shore is a short, single-movement work for wind serenade. On a recent summer holiday on the Scottish island of Islay, we suffered some extraordinarily bad weather. On one occasion, I was looking out from my tent across the bay at Port Charlotte, and I was able to observe the approaching, ominous storm batter the shore across the bay at Gartbreck with a dark fury. Whilst this piece doesn’t set out in any sense to describe this particular scene in a narrative way, I was struck with an immediate, yet difficult-to-qualify ‘Scottishness’ in seeing it. The work is underpinned by a yearning, yet unsettling melody which winds and weaves its way through deep, choral-like chords' - Tom Harrold

Instrumentation Genre Ensemble (with conductor)
Tag large ensemble
Duration 8 minutes
Instrumentation Flute [2 players]; Oboe [2 players]; Clarinet [1 player]; Bassoon [2 players]; Contrabassoon [1 player]; Horn [4 players]

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