In a great season of premieres, Charlotte Bray has two new works being performed this month.
On Saturday 8 June, Red Swans Floating for ensemble will be given its world premiere by notabu.ensemble neue musik (Düsseldorf) and Spectra Ensemble (Gent), conducted by Filip Rathé in Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Germany.
On Monday 10 June, Pierre-Laurent Aimard premieres Bring Me All Your Dreams for piano at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, as part of Aldeburgh Festival. Commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival for Pierre-Laurent Aimard it was written in memory of Oliver Knussen and dedicated to Charlotte Bray’s son, Caio. Bray says about this special piece:
To write something as perfect, precise, beautiful and enchanted as everything Olly wrote is most likely to be a lifelong quest for me. The lessons he so generously, openly and readily provided me will remain close to my heart as will the conviction he instilled in me as a composer. Bring Me All Your Dreams is written in memory of Olly and for my son Caio, who entered the world just a few months after Olly suddenly, sadly and unexpectedly made his exit.
The piece seeks to mimic the imaginings within the dream of a newborn child. The music floats and dances with tiny flutters and fleeting smiles, moving rapidly through various states of a luminous, secret world. The title Bring Me All Your Dreams is taken from the poem, The Dream Keeper, by Langston Hughes. The ‘heart melodies’ wrapped ‘in a blue cloud-cloth, away from the too-rough fingers of the world’ describe exactly the newborn’s dreaming I write about- innocent, inventive, playful and curious. Echoes of Olly’s Ophelia’s Last Dance pervade the work, hauntingly yet affectionately.
Last month, Charlotte Bray gave an interview to Planet Hugill in advance of the premiere of her piece in Aldeburgh Festival, talking about her new piece, Oliver Knussen and her background as composer. The interview can be read here.
Composers Edition is proud to publish Charlotte Bray’s works, which are available for purchase through our website. Red Swans Floating and Bring Me All Your Dreams will be published shortly after their premieres.
Saturday 8 June 2019, 20:00
Red Swans Floating for ensemble (World Premiere)
notabu.ensemble neue musik (Düsseldorf) and Spectra Ensemble (Gent), Filip Rathé conductor
Mendelssohn-Saal, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Germany
Monday 10 June 2019, 19:30
Bring Me All Your Dreams for piano (World Premiere)
Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK
Tags: Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh Music, Bring Me All Your Dreams, Charlotte Bray, Filip Rathé, Mendelssohn-Saal, notabu.ensemble neue music, Oliver Knussen, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Red Swans Floating, Snape Maltings, Spectra Ensemble