World premiere of chiyo, a new work by Linda Buckley commissioned by RTÉ NSO.

chiyo, a new work by Linda Buckley commissioned by RTÉ for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, will receive its world première on Friday 27 May, the closing night of the orchestra’s 2010-2011 Season at the National Concert Hall.

Speaking about the work, Linda explains:

“chiyo is inspired by the haiku poetry of Chiyo-ni (Japan, 18th century). Chiyo-ni is widely regarded as one the greatest female haiku poets. Her work is characterized by a simple, understated beauty, and is often concerned with the human connection to nature, the sense of oneness with nature. Within the piece, more complex resultant textures are created from the superimposition of quite simple melodic lines, like sections of plainchant, moving at different speeds – these lines may become abstracted or blurred due to the density of layering, with fragments emerging momentarily. I was also interested in treating the orchestra in ‘block’ form, eg. focusing on the string family alone, wind, brass, and full orchestral forces, to isolate and hone in on the individual quality of each sound world, akin to the simple single image of water, of fireflies, of moonflowers. It is this quiet beauty that has always impacted on me, the power of a single image, a single word – as Cocteau notes “True tears are not shed over a sad page, but over the miracle of a word in exactly the right place.”

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