The Bronze Garden was premiered by the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Collective with Linda Begbie, RNCM Junior Fellow on Bassoon as part of the RNCM Double Reed Weekend on the 11th of November at 1.10pm.
The Bronze Garden was inspired by a visit to the Barbra Hepworth Sculpture Garden in St. Ives (Cornwall). The garden itself is stunning, with striking roses, exotic palm trees and vibrant flowers. Amongst the dense foliage, are great shapes cast in bronze, their forms and colours feel at home in their green gallery.
Amongst the turquoise sculptures between the red and white roses is a sphere. Three segments are cut from it revealing a pentagonal form within. Cut through it, is an almost perfect circle, acting as a window to the garden behind.
This piece uses the shapes, colours, textures and surroundings of Hepworth’s sphere to create the musical material and therefore transforms the sculpture from a physical piece of art to an aural piece of art.
Sphere with Inner Form by Barbra Hepworth - Photographed by Steve_W
3 oboes (3rd doubling Corn Anglais)
3 clarinets in Bb (3rd doubling Bass Clarinet)
4 horns in F
The Bronze Garden I is available to purchase for £30.00 excluding postage.