Asleep Landscape (2014)
for Soprano, Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra
Commissioned by Festival della Valle d'Itria and Tallin Chamber Festival for the project Emerging Classical Talent in the EU promoted by the European Culture Programme
Premiere: 8 October 2014, Stockholm; Amy Corckery (soprano), Virgo Veldi (alto saxophon), Camerata Nordica conducted by Terje Tønnesen.
With glassy harmonics creating a shrill, unnerving opening, this wraithlike mood is sustained to create an almost surreal dreamscape. Surrounded by a constant liquid texture of sound, packed with multiphonics and harmonics, like a nocturnal vision, the voice obsessively repeats the last lines of Act IV of Shakespeare's Tempest: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep".