As previously posted, this past July I returned as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2018 in the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing).
One of the works I performed at the Orfeo Music Festival was a new work, Small Voice of Calm, written for me by British Composer Raymond Head. Joining me on the World Premiere was my fabulous Orfeo colleague Dena Kay Jones on piano. Raymond Head traveled from England to Italy for the premiere and we also had the wonderful opportunity to work with him in rehearsing his marvelous new work. A video of the premiere is below along with information on the work from the composer. There are also details on ordering the sheet music.
ClarinetMike says, “Get this wonderful work and play it!”
Small Voice of Calm for clarinet and piano by Raymond Head (b. 1948)
Michael Dean, clarinet
Dena Kay Jones, piano
Orfeo Music Festival 2018, Vigil Raber Saal
Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) July 9, 2018
SHEET MUSIC AVAILABLE: Go to https://raymondhead.com/compositions/clarinet. On this website there is a link in the upper right hand corner, “Buy.” The work costs £15 (currently $19.38 in USA Dollars). PayPal and Credit Cards accepted.
FROM THE COMPOSER:
Small Voice of Calm for Clarinet and Piano
by Raymond Head
Dedicated to Michael Dean, Texas USA
“This piece was inspired by a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, the 19th century American Quaker who became a household name in the US 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.