A note from the composer...
Slate,Sea and Sky features a musical landscape and journey in three integrated andcontinuous sections, led by the cornet soloist alongside ensembles broadlyrepresenting the title’s elements: ‘slate’ (flugelhorn, tenor horns andtrombones); ‘sea’ (baritones, euphoniums and basses) and ‘sky’ (cornets). Thesealternate throughout with the full band, travelling towards and through astorm, and emerging into bright skies at the end.
The title Slate, Sea and Sky is inspired by Norman Bissell’s evocative poemof the same name, found in a book of poetry given to me by a close friend, towhom the work is dedicated.
Liz Lane, 2016
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