Scenes from Dreams (2006) - Stephen Beville

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Scenes from Dreams (2006) - Stephen Beville


Scenes from Dreams is really part of a larger work-in-progress; an anthology of short, varied piano pieces (perhaps along the lines of Kurtag's 'Jatekok') for educational purposes. Hence, they are of a moderate techinical difficulty. They also bear witness to the evolution of my compositional style - from the apparent simplicity of 'Chorales in the Mist' and 'Lullaby' (a kind of contemporary counterpart to Schumann's 'Child falling Asleep' from Kinderscenen) to the harmonic sophistication of 'An Imaginary Landscape' echoing the philosophical world of my Michelangelo Pieces. Indeed, Renaissance art is a great inspiration for me, and here, the quasi-religious overtones of this modest set of miniatures are partly indebted to the imagery of El Greco. You will notice the recurrence of favourite sonorities - high glacial textures combined with deep bell tones. As the title suggests, I have tried to evoke the subconscious temporal and visual world of dreams, where all is often not what it seems.

The first performance was given by the composer on 31st October, 2007 at the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
Duration: 12 minutes.

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