In a couple weeks, I leave for Italy! As previously posted, I’m again returning as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) on July 5-19, 2018.
One of the works I’ll be performing at the Orfeo Music Festival is a new work, Small Voice of Calm, written for me by British Composer, Raymond Head. Joining me on the World Premiere is my wonderful Orfeo colleague Dena Kay Jones on piano. I’m excited to report that the composer will be in attendance at the premiere! Below are specifics on the premiere, some information from the composer and a blurb on the venue. Also, CLICK HERE to check out a Facebook Event I created for the premiere.
ClarinetMike says, “If you happen to be wandering around the Alps in early July, come on by!”
Small Voice of Calm for clarinet and piano by Raymond Head
Michael Dean, clarinet
Dena Kay Jones, piano
Orfeo Music Festival 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018, 8:30 pm (20:30)
Chiesa di Santo Spirito, Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing)
FROM THE COMPOSER:
Small Voice of Calm for Clarinet and Piano (1st Performance)
by Raymond Head
Dedicated to Dr. Michael Dean
“This piece was inspired by a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, the 19th century American Quaker who became a household name in the USA and the UK. Despite all the earthquakes, wind and fire of our minds, if we let it, the “still small voice of calm” reappears to soothe us. Essentially this is what happens in the piece: sudden, violent interjections are gradually pacified by the quiet authority of the insistent repeated melody.”
Raymond Head is the Musical Adviser to the Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham UK, and a composer, teacher and Holst Scholar. He was one of the featured commentators in a recent Tony Palmer film Gustav Holst – In the Bleak Midwinter which was shown on the BBC.
For more than 30 years Raymond has lived in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK and is a composer and a teacher of piano and singing. He was trained at Dartington College of Arts, UK where he encountered Indian music for the first time.
He was an early follower of Stockhausen but in the end rejected him in favour of writing music that was modern yet communicative. He believes music should be capable of the widest range of expression from angst to lyricism and even humour.
CD’s of his music are on the Prima Facie ASC label. A string orchestral piece is to be recorded in the Ukraine in August for the Toccata Classics label and a wind quintet Toda Cambia is to be premiered in Wales later this year. His music is published by Sky Dance Press, UK. His professional website is www.raymondhead.com.
VENUE: The Chiesa di Santo Spirito (Church of the Holy Spirit) was built in 1399. It is the oldest gothic church in Vipiteno Italy (Sterzing). In the nave are late Gothic-style frescos (1402) of the South Tyrolien painter Hans von Bruneck. (More)