About the piece:
Primula vulgaris: This European native is commonly
known as the English Primrose and is a welcome sight in the spring.
Flower clusters enchant the beholder with pale colors
of red, purple, yellow, white and blue, all with a yellow eye. The inspiration
for this piece was a reading of the first string quartet I wrote for
Metropolis. The original premise was to compose a string quartet derived from
material from Within Her Arms, a string ensemble piece that Metropolis will
perform in May 2010. The reading taught me two valuable lessons. Firstly, to
write each piece fresh and anew—leaning back on older pieces can create
lifeless music. I'm in a different space to where I was a year ago, when I was
writing Within Her Arms. Secondly, I realized what an influence actually
knowing the musicians I'm writing for has on my music. Having a sense of the
musicians both individually and as an ensemble can really influence a piece and
its direction. As a result of hearing my initial string quartet, I decided to
start anew with fresh material and writing with Kristin, Sean, Maurycy, and
Nicholas in mind.
Primula Vulgaris was commissioned and premiered by the
Metropolis Ensemble at the Americas Society in New York City.
About the composer:
London-born Anna Clyne is a composer of acoustic and
electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures
that weave, morph, and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as “dazzlingly
inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting
edge choreographers, visual artists, film-makers, and musicians worldwide.
Currently the Chicago Symphony’s Mead
Composer-in-Residence through the 2013–14 season, the orchestra has performed
several of her works, including the premiere of Night Ferry in 2012 under the
baton of Riccardo Muti. An avid advocate for music education, Clyne teaches
composition workshops for local young composers and incarcerated youths as part
of this residency, and served as the Director of the New York Youth Symphony’s
award-winning program for young composers “Making Score” from 2008 to 2010.
Clyne was also recently a guest composer at the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer
Clyne’s work has
been championed by some of the world’s finest conductors, including Marin
Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, George Manahan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Riccardo Muti,
Alan Pierson, Andre de Ridder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osmo Vänskä. Recent
commissions include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Southbank Centre, ETHEL,
Bang on a Can, Metropolis Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, and the Los
Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Clyne’s <<rewind<<, “inspired by the image
of analog video tape rapidly scrolling backwards with fleeting moments of
skipping, freezing and warping,” has been recently performed with both the BBC
Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestra as well as at the Cabrillo Festival, the
National Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
She has received numerous accolades, including a
Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, eight
consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards, and a Clutterbuck award from the University of
Edinburgh. Additionally, she has received honors from Meet the Composer, the
American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Jerome
Foundation. Clyne was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award, and
was nominated for a 2010 British Composer Award.
In 2012, Tzadik Records released a full album of Clyne’s
music, titled Blue Moth, showcasing a diverse range of her instrumental and
ensemble with tape pieces, including Roulette, fits + starts and Steelworks.
Her music is published exclusively by Boosey &
“Anna Clyne is an artist who writes from the heart, who
defies categorization and who reaches across all barriers and boundaries. Her
compositions are meant to be played by great musicians and listened to by
enthusiastic audiences no matter what their background.” – Riccardo Muti.