|Publisher||Orchard Music Ltd|
Conductor's score, A3 format, spiral bound.
Although Christopher Gunning is best known for his film and television work, for which he has won four BAFTA awards (for La Vie en rose, Agatha Christie's Poirot, Middlemarch, and Porterhouse Blue) and three Ivor Novello awards (for Rebecca, Under Suspicion, and Firelight) he has gradually been adding to a substantial is of concert works, to which he now devotes all of his time.
Christopher Gunning attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his tutors included Brian Trowell, James Gibb, Edmund Rubbra and Richard Rodney Bennett. His compositions for the concert hall include nine symphonies and a number of concertos.
"I have always been drawn to the sea, and "Night Voyage" is very definitely a sea piece. It was born on a winter's evening as I stood by the Mersey river in Liverpool; to the West, a patch of orange lit the darkening sky, seabirds called mournfully, and I watched a large grey freighter slipping majestically out to sea. Where was it heading and what would befall it? My ship takes an imaginary journey; first there is the optimism of a new adventure, but soon we meet a violent storm. As the storm subsides land is sighted and we arrive safely at dawn, battered and bruised, but intact - if chastened. There are obvious parallels with life here; this is really a tone-poem depicting a journey through an emotional crisis to a resolution of a sort."
"Night Voyage is a much shorter tone poem, 12 minutes or so; it inhabits, as one might expect, a similar textural approach, faintly Impressionistic, but always underpinned by a genuine sense of inner tonal (rather than harmonic) basis. It is brilliantly and masterly orchestrated, so that any young composer could learn a lot from this work. It is direct in expression, but never simple: the wonderfully imaginative extended closing pages in particular bring the work to a quiet and solemn end."
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