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Publication - Dr Neal Farwell

    Solaire

    Citation

    Farwell, N, 2016, ‘Solaire’.

    Abstract

    Musical composition for mixed instrumental sextet. Commissioned by Diaphonique and Bristol New Music for Ensemble Variances, Paris. Premiered: St Georges Bristol, 28 February 2016.
    Excerpt from the programme note: “At first sight, the solar system is an empty place... [but] filling it all is our imagination. We tell stories, study with telescopes and theories, send out probes, and, back at home on Earth, we marvel. In Solaire, I imagine a visitor from outside our solar system, flying in from the edge towards our Sun, and marvelling in their turn. Our visitor’s journey is framed by the physics of orbital mechanics, on the one hand; and on the other, propelled by the poetry and beauty of astronomical exploration and wonder and imagination.”

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