Rhythm of Light

Brass band

Duration

14'

Year of Composition

2020/2021

Purchase

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Duration

14'

Year of Composition

2020/2021

Purchase

www.lizlane.co.uk/contact

A note from the composer...

Rhythm of Light is a suite of four movements celebrating the life and work of sculptor Barbara Hepworth which can be performed together, separately or with different pairings, unified by thematic material. The movement titles are based on some of the sculptor’s quotations which discuss her influences and artistic approaches; these helped shape my creative concepts and musical perspectives. The title itself is inspired by her many mentions of both rhythm and light. Within the music there are references to her wide scope of interests such as form, texture and dance; I was also influenced by her sculpture Three Obliques (Walk In) (1968), situated outside Cardiff University School of Music and which formed a background to my studies as an undergraduate and PhD student, and later as an associate lecturer.

I had hoped to visit The Hepworth Wakefield and also the Barbara Hepworth Museum at St Ives to get more of an understanding of her work and surroundings. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this was not possible and I was grateful to be given a remote guided tour around The Hepworth Wakefield; this was helpful in getting a sense both of the museum logistics where the first performance would take place and a closer look at her work in situ.

The first movement, Landscape, sets the scene and reflects on how memories of her Yorkshire journeys as a child remained with her throughout her life. The music ebbs and flows with the hills and roads before slowing slightly to reach the crest of the hill (the only tempo change), then returning to the constant patter of the engine.

The second movement, Shadow cast by the sun, is reflective – the sculptor working and creating on her own but not alone (like writing music); there is a sense of isolation before sharing the work with others, perhaps particularly poignant in the context of the 2020 pandemic.

Pavan and Galliard represents to me some of the enduring and iconic shapes of Barbara Hepworth’s work, with the title also bringing to mind direct musical representations of form. This is a modern interpretation of the pavan and galliard but with similar stylistic elements such as repetitions and time signatures. My virtual tour of The Hepworth Wakefield drew my eye to three ‘Pavan’ sculptures (including prototypes) and some time was spent focusing on these so that I could see them close up. The music can also be performed antiphonally and/or spatially, featuring smaller groups from the band.

Rhythm and dance and everything is a celebration of Barbara Hepworth’s life and work, also of musicians being able to play live music again after the pandemic. There are elements of ‘swimming’, ‘air’ and ‘sea’ (mentioned in the title quotation) which have their own specific sections, the whole often drawing from previous movements and coming together in a joyful finale.

This final movement incorporates rhythms of Barbara Hepworth working on a sculpture, taken from the British Film Institute film Barbara Hepworth – Figures in a Landscape (1953) https://youtu.be/Qt9zRz-Jguc?t=237. It also includes a rhythmic representation of her speech, heard in the timpani towards the end (Fig. K), from the British Pathé film Barbara Hepworth Sculptress (1972) https://youtu.be/2qLDOcUlEhE?t=67: “I think every sculpture must be touched… well it’s part of the way you make it, and that our first—really our first—sensibility is the sense of feeling, the very first one we have when we are born. I think every person looking at a sculpture should use his own body; you can’t look at sculpture if you’re going to stand, stiff as a ramrod and stare at it. With a sculpture you must walk around it, bend towards it, touch it, walk away from it.”

Liz Lane, April 2021

www.lizlane.co.uk

A Hymn to the Virgin

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

A Hymn to the Virgin

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

A different kind of living

SATB choir and bass clarinet

A different kind of living

SATB choir and bass clarinet

Adam Lay YBounden

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

Adam Lay YBounden

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

Anniversary Fanfare

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba and 3 optional percussion

Anniversary Fanfare

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba and 3 optional percussion

Antiphonary

Symphonic brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Symphonic brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Wind dectet and piano

Antiphonary

Wind dectet and piano

Antiphonary

Brass band

Antiphonary

Brass band

Ballad

Piano

Ballad

Piano

Beyond the Light

Brass band

Beyond the Light

Brass band

Bright Lights

Trombone quartet

Bright Lights

Trombone quartet

Call

Trumpet, Horn and Trombone

Call

Trumpet, Horn and Trombone

Canzon à 8

Trombone octet

Canzon à 8

Trombone octet

Chameleon

Solo oboe or flute

Chameleon

Solo oboe or flute

Chorale Chant

Organ (two or three manual)

Chorale Chant

Organ (two or three manual)

Cloud Colours

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba

Cloud Colours

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba

Counting Stars

Trombone and Piano

Counting Stars

Trombone and Piano

Descent by Hot Air

Piano

Descent by Hot Air

Piano

Diamond Fanfare

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare II

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare II

Brass band

FDNC Fanfare

Brass ensemble

FDNC Fanfare

Brass ensemble

Fanfair

Brass Quintet

Fanfair

Brass Quintet

Friends for all Seasons

8 part female and male voices barbershop

Friends for all Seasons

8 part female and male voices barbershop

Hall of Memory

Wind band

Hall of Memory

Wind band

Holding the Hill

2 fl/picc | ob | cor | clar | clar/bass clar | 2 hns | 2 trpts | 3 perc | strings

Holding the Hill

2 fl/picc | ob | cor | clar | clar/bass clar | 2 hns | 2 trpts | 3 perc | strings

Hymn to the Cross (from Holding the Hill)

Brass band

Hymn to the Cross (from Holding the Hill)

Brass band

I Have Heard Tell

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

I Have Heard Tell

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

In Flanders Fields

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB solo voices (or choir)

In Flanders Fields

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB solo voices (or choir)

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Light a Candle

SATB choir and organ

Light a Candle

SATB choir and organ

Linear Lines

Solo Horn

Linear Lines

Solo Horn

Mirage: A Spanish Summer

String quintet, piano, percussion

Mirage: A Spanish Summer

String quintet, piano, percussion

My Star

Unaccompanied SATB choir or female voice quartet

My Star

Unaccompanied SATB choir or female voice quartet

Old Stones Remember

Children's voices, flute, bassoon, cello and harp

Old Stones Remember

Children's voices, flute, bassoon, cello and harp

On That Night

SATB choir and organ

On That Night

SATB choir and organ

Piece for Puds

Organ (two or three manual)

Piece for Puds

Organ (two or three manual)

Prelude for Patch

Organ (two or three manual)

Prelude for Patch

Organ (two or three manual)

Recitative and Aria

String Orchestra

Recitative and Aria

String Orchestra

Recitative and Aria

String quartet

Recitative and Aria

String quartet

Red Sky at Night

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

Red Sky at Night

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

Rhythm of Light

Brass band

Rhythm of Light

Brass band

River of Time / Rainbow River

Brass band

River of Time / Rainbow River

Brass band

Robin Robin (brass band)

Euphonium and brass band

Robin Robin (brass band)

Euphonium and brass band

Robin Robin (euph and piano)

for euphonium and piano

Robin Robin (euph and piano)

for euphonium and piano

Robin Robin (soprano)

for soprano and piano

Robin Robin (soprano)

for soprano and piano

Secret Flowers

Soprano and piano

Secret Flowers

Soprano and piano

Serenata

Trombone quartet

Serenata

Trombone quartet

Serenata

Brass band

Serenata

Brass band

Silver Rose

Brass band and soprano

Silver Rose

Brass band and soprano

Silver Rose

Brass band and narrator

Silver Rose

Brass band and narrator

Silver Rose

Brass band, narrator and baritone horn

Silver Rose

Brass band, narrator and baritone horn

Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet and piano or Eb soprano cornet and piano

Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet and piano or Eb soprano cornet and piano

Somewhere Unknown

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Somewhere Unknown

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Spirit of Africa

SATB Choir, Soprano Soloist and Chamber Orchestra

Spirit of Africa

SATB Choir, Soprano Soloist and Chamber Orchestra

Spirit of Africa

Soprano Soloist, SATB Choir, Piano and optional 3 Percussion

Spirit of Africa

Soprano Soloist, SATB Choir, Piano and optional 3 Percussion

Stars are not too far

Cornet solo and brass band

Stars are not too far

Cornet solo and brass band

Tactus

Harpsichord

Tactus

Harpsichord

The Alban Prayer

SATB choir, optional children's choir and organ

The Alban Prayer

SATB choir, optional children's choir and organ

The Eagle

Cornet and Piano

The Eagle

Cornet and Piano

The Flower

Mezzo soprano, piano and flute

The Flower

Mezzo soprano, piano and flute

The Grand Union Waltz

Brass band

The Grand Union Waltz

Brass band

The Magi

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir with optional semi-chorus and 4 solo violins

The Magi

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir with optional semi-chorus and 4 solo violins

The Wayfarers

Baritone and piano

The Wayfarers

Baritone and piano

Though We Are Many

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB choir (or solo SATB)

Though We Are Many

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB choir (or solo SATB)

Three Trinities

Organ (two or three manual)

Three Trinities

Organ (two or three manual)

Tide and Time

Brass band

Tide and Time

Brass band

Time Travel

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Time Travel

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Waltz

Piano

Waltz

Piano

Waterloo Bridge

Tenor voice and piano

Waterloo Bridge

Tenor voice and piano

Who is this boy?

Two part voices and organ

Who is this boy?

Two part voices and organ

Why Cats Sit on Doorsteps in the Sun

Wind dectet, piano and optional narrator and/or dancers

Why Cats Sit on Doorsteps in the Sun

Wind dectet, piano and optional narrator and/or dancers

Words, Wide Night

Tenor voice, piano and string quartet

Words, Wide Night

Tenor voice, piano and string quartet

​Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet solo and brass band

​Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet solo and brass band

​Their Songs of Freedom

Brass band and narrator

​Their Songs of Freedom

Brass band and narrator

Anniversary Fanfare

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba and 3 optional percussion

Anniversary Fanfare

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba and 3 optional percussion

Antiphonary

Symphonic brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Symphonic brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Brass ensemble

Antiphonary

Brass band

Antiphonary

Brass band

Beyond the Light

Brass band

Beyond the Light

Brass band

Bright Lights

Trombone quartet

Bright Lights

Trombone quartet

Call

Trumpet, Horn and Trombone

Call

Trumpet, Horn and Trombone

Cloud Colours

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba

Cloud Colours

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba

Counting Stars

Trombone and Piano

Counting Stars

Trombone and Piano

Diamond Fanfare

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare II

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare II

Brass band

FDNC Fanfare

Brass ensemble

FDNC Fanfare

Brass ensemble

Fanfair

Brass Quintet

Fanfair

Brass Quintet

Hymn to the Cross (from Holding the Hill)

Brass band

Hymn to the Cross (from Holding the Hill)

Brass band

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Linear Lines

Solo Horn

Linear Lines

Solo Horn

Rhythm of Light

Brass band

Rhythm of Light

Brass band

River of Time / Rainbow River

Brass band

River of Time / Rainbow River

Brass band

Robin Robin (brass band)

Euphonium and brass band

Robin Robin (brass band)

Euphonium and brass band

Robin Robin (euph and piano)

for euphonium and piano

Robin Robin (euph and piano)

for euphonium and piano

Serenata

Trombone quartet

Serenata

Trombone quartet

Serenata

Brass band

Serenata

Brass band

Silver Rose

Brass band and soprano

Silver Rose

Brass band and soprano

Silver Rose

Brass band and narrator

Silver Rose

Brass band and narrator

Silver Rose

Brass band, narrator and baritone horn

Silver Rose

Brass band, narrator and baritone horn

Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet and piano or Eb soprano cornet and piano

Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet and piano or Eb soprano cornet and piano

Stars are not too far

Cornet solo and brass band

Stars are not too far

Cornet solo and brass band

The Eagle

Cornet and Piano

The Eagle

Cornet and Piano

The Grand Union Waltz

Brass band

The Grand Union Waltz

Brass band

Tide and Time

Brass band

Tide and Time

Brass band

​Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet solo and brass band

​Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet solo and brass band

​Their Songs of Freedom

Brass band and narrator

​Their Songs of Freedom

Brass band and narrator

Antiphonary

Brass band

Antiphonary

Brass band

Beyond the Light

Brass band

Beyond the Light

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare II

Brass band

Diamond Fanfare II

Brass band

Hymn to the Cross (from Holding the Hill)

Brass band

Hymn to the Cross (from Holding the Hill)

Brass band

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Rhythm of Light

Brass band

Rhythm of Light

Brass band

River of Time / Rainbow River

Brass band

River of Time / Rainbow River

Brass band

Robin Robin (brass band)

Euphonium and brass band

Robin Robin (brass band)

Euphonium and brass band

Serenata

Brass band

Serenata

Brass band

Silver Rose

Brass band and soprano

Silver Rose

Brass band and soprano

Silver Rose

Brass band, narrator and baritone horn

Silver Rose

Brass band, narrator and baritone horn

Stars are not too far

Cornet solo and brass band

Stars are not too far

Cornet solo and brass band

The Grand Union Waltz

Brass band

The Grand Union Waltz

Brass band

Tide and Time

Brass band

Tide and Time

Brass band

​Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet solo and brass band

​Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet solo and brass band

Mirage: A Spanish Summer

String quintet, piano, percussion

Mirage: A Spanish Summer

String quintet, piano, percussion

Recitative and Aria

String Orchestra

Recitative and Aria

String Orchestra

Recitative and Aria

String quartet

Recitative and Aria

String quartet

A Hymn to the Virgin

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

A Hymn to the Virgin

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

A different kind of living

SATB choir and bass clarinet

A different kind of living

SATB choir and bass clarinet

Adam Lay YBounden

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

Adam Lay YBounden

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

In Flanders Fields

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB solo voices (or choir)

In Flanders Fields

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB solo voices (or choir)

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Innovation 216

Brass band with optional training bands and SATB choir

Light a Candle

SATB choir and organ

Light a Candle

SATB choir and organ

Old Stones Remember

Children's voices, flute, bassoon, cello and harp

Old Stones Remember

Children's voices, flute, bassoon, cello and harp

On That Night

SATB choir and organ

On That Night

SATB choir and organ

Red Sky at Night

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

Red Sky at Night

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir

Spirit of Africa

SATB Choir, Soprano Soloist and Chamber Orchestra

Spirit of Africa

SATB Choir, Soprano Soloist and Chamber Orchestra

Spirit of Africa

Soprano Soloist, SATB Choir, Piano and optional 3 Percussion

Spirit of Africa

Soprano Soloist, SATB Choir, Piano and optional 3 Percussion

The Alban Prayer

SATB choir, optional children's choir and organ

The Alban Prayer

SATB choir, optional children's choir and organ

The Magi

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir with optional semi-chorus and 4 solo violins

The Magi

Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir with optional semi-chorus and 4 solo violins

Though We Are Many

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB choir (or solo SATB)

Though We Are Many

Anthem for unaccompanied SATB choir (or solo SATB)

Who is this boy?

Two part voices and organ

Who is this boy?

Two part voices and organ

A different kind of living

SATB choir and bass clarinet

A different kind of living

SATB choir and bass clarinet

Antiphonary

Wind dectet and piano

Antiphonary

Wind dectet and piano

Ballad

Piano

Ballad

Piano

Chameleon

Solo oboe or flute

Chameleon

Solo oboe or flute

Chorale Chant

Organ (two or three manual)

Chorale Chant

Organ (two or three manual)

Counting Stars

Trombone and Piano

Counting Stars

Trombone and Piano

Descent by Hot Air

Piano

Descent by Hot Air

Piano

Linear Lines

Solo Horn

Linear Lines

Solo Horn

Piece for Puds

Organ (two or three manual)

Piece for Puds

Organ (two or three manual)

Prelude for Patch

Organ (two or three manual)

Prelude for Patch

Organ (two or three manual)

Robin Robin (euph and piano)

for euphonium and piano

Robin Robin (euph and piano)

for euphonium and piano

Robin Robin (soprano)

for soprano and piano

Robin Robin (soprano)

for soprano and piano

Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet and piano or Eb soprano cornet and piano

Slate, Sea and Sky

Cornet and piano or Eb soprano cornet and piano

Tactus

Harpsichord

Tactus

Harpsichord

The Eagle

Cornet and Piano

The Eagle

Cornet and Piano

The Flower

Mezzo soprano, piano and flute

The Flower

Mezzo soprano, piano and flute

The Wayfarers

Baritone and piano

The Wayfarers

Baritone and piano

Three Trinities

Organ (two or three manual)

Three Trinities

Organ (two or three manual)

Waltz

Piano

Waltz

Piano

Waterloo Bridge

Tenor voice and piano

Waterloo Bridge

Tenor voice and piano

Why Cats Sit on Doorsteps in the Sun

Wind dectet, piano and optional narrator and/or dancers

Why Cats Sit on Doorsteps in the Sun

Wind dectet, piano and optional narrator and/or dancers

Words, Wide Night

Tenor voice, piano and string quartet

Words, Wide Night

Tenor voice, piano and string quartet

Holding the Hill

2 fl/picc | ob | cor | clar | clar/bass clar | 2 hns | 2 trpts | 3 perc | strings

Holding the Hill

2 fl/picc | ob | cor | clar | clar/bass clar | 2 hns | 2 trpts | 3 perc | strings

I Have Heard Tell

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

I Have Heard Tell

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Recitative and Aria

String Orchestra

Recitative and Aria

String Orchestra

Somewhere Unknown

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Somewhere Unknown

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Time Travel

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Time Travel

(2.2.2.2 / 4.3.3.1. / 2 Perc. Timp / Hp. Strings)

Friends for all Seasons

8 part female and male voices barbershop

Friends for all Seasons

8 part female and male voices barbershop

My Star

Unaccompanied SATB choir or female voice quartet

My Star

Unaccompanied SATB choir or female voice quartet

Robin Robin (soprano)

for soprano and piano

Robin Robin (soprano)

for soprano and piano

Secret Flowers

Soprano and piano

Secret Flowers

Soprano and piano

The Flower

Mezzo soprano, piano and flute

The Flower

Mezzo soprano, piano and flute

The Wayfarers

Baritone and piano

The Wayfarers

Baritone and piano

Waterloo Bridge

Tenor voice and piano

Waterloo Bridge

Tenor voice and piano

Words, Wide Night

Tenor voice, piano and string quartet

Words, Wide Night

Tenor voice, piano and string quartet

Antiphonary

Wind dectet and piano

Antiphonary

Wind dectet and piano

Hall of Memory

Wind band

Hall of Memory

Wind band

Why Cats Sit on Doorsteps in the Sun

Wind dectet, piano and optional narrator and/or dancers

Why Cats Sit on Doorsteps in the Sun

Wind dectet, piano and optional narrator and/or dancers
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