Thorns

For cello and harp

 

Composition Date: 2008

Duration: 4'

Information:

 

Commissioned by Mobius to celebrate 10 years of playing together, and first performed at the Wigmore Hall, London, March 2008.

 

Programme Note:

 

 

Thorns

 

for BG

 

Sally Beamish 2008

 

‘Birthday Candle’ for cello and harp.
Commissioned by Mobius to celebrate 10 years of playing together, and first performed by Sally Pendlebury and Hugh Webb at the Wigmore Hall, London, on 22nd March 2008.

 

The title came to me when I looked out of the window and saw a red rose flowering in the middle of January. It seemed like an act of sheer determination and disregard for the season. I had been setting words by Hafez: the love song of the nightingale to the rose, including the line ‘no-one plucks a single rose without the risk of thorn’.

 

Sally Beamish 2008

 

 

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