Programme Notes

Paul Goodey - Crown Point

Crown Point (2014) - Paul Goodey

This piece for flute trio was written in 2014 and is dedicated to Carla Rees.

When I began writing my Flute Trio, I visited Crown Point - a sculpture on the hills in Lancashire, England. The art work, designed by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu was part of a project to add works of art across the countryside of East Lancashire. The sculpture is constructed from metal pipes which resonate in the wind which inspired me to explore sounds of various winds and create musical responses to other types of weather e.g. snow and ice.

The Trio evolved into a highly virtuosic work for musicians performing using piccolos, C flute, Alto Flute and Bass Flutes. The movements are:

Before The Storm
At Crown Point: The Singing Ringing Tree
A Brutal Wind in Cuba
A class of large snowflake with six arms and a fern-like appearance
A violent squall with thunder and lightning in Mexico
Snow pellets or soft hail
A refreshing summer wind over the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea

Duration: 14'30''

Premiere: Crown Point was premiered by rarescale Kingma Ensemble (Carla Rees, Laura Beardsmore & Gavin Stewart) at The Boiler House Auditorium, Royal Holloway University, on 22 March 2019

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