Cuckmere: A Portrait
Genre: Chamber orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon; horn, trumpet; 1 percussion (timp; bass drum; susp cymbal; glockenspiel); piano; strings (min. 18.104.22.168.1)
Description: A chamber orchestra work in four main movements, written for a film by Cesca Eaton, creating a musical portrait of the River Cuckmere and Cuckmere Haven, Sussex, across a year of seasons, through silent film and an opulent and constantly changing orchestral score
Duration: 30 minutes
The music is inspired by the film's depiction of continuity of landscapes and also its dramatic changes (e.g. the shapes of downland and the dramatic cutting away of cliff edges). Music also reflects the large-scale contrasts and moods of passing seasons. This is done with a structure in which four musical movements, using contrasting tempos, themes and harmonies, align with film sequences corresponding to the changing seasons of Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.
An electronic prelude and three electronic interludes introduce and connect these four movements, so that the work weaves between sonic and immersive textures, and purely instrumental musical sequences.
a powerful and very evocative score that develops beautifully with the picture. Roxanna Panufnik on Cuckmere: A Portrait (30 Nov 2018)