Helen Grime composed Luna for the 2012 McEwen commission. This was premiered by Red Note Ensemble on Thursday 15 October 2011, 1.10pm at the Concert Hall, University of Glasgow. The concert also featured Density 21.5 for solo flute by Edgard Varèse, Life Studies (selection) for clarinet and piano by William Sweeney, in angustiis ..I for solo piano and in angustiis ..II for solo oboe by James MacMillan.
Listen to… the Luna premiere
Helen Grime (b. 1981) – Luna (Fl/Picc, Ob/Cor, Cl/E♭, Hn, Perc & Pnf)
I took my starting point for Luna from a poem by Ted Hughes called Harvest Moon. The piece is cast in one continuous movement but falls into a number of well- defined sections. As I was working on the piece, I started combining the instruments in small groups. Although there is much interaction between all members of the ensemble, the instrumental groups became a defining characteristic of the piece. The piano and percussion often form a duo, breaking into somewhat virtuosic solo passages scattered throughout. The flute, oboe and clarinet form a sort of unified trio, sometimes playing a unison line or combining lyrical lines in the slower final section of the work. The horn takes on a distinctly soloist role, with solo passages building to a mini cadenza, which eventually leads the piece into its final section.
Helen Grime (2011)
Performer biographies & full details of the Luna premiere can be found in the McEwen concert programme 2011.