- Featured: Rosemary Duxbury
- Release Date: 2/21/2006
The CD 'Streams' presents my latest piano music (played by Swiss pianist Patricia Siffert) and a piece for string orchestra & harp (performed by Sinfonica Aosta, Italy). I am a British composer writing in the classical style. My initial source of inspiration is from within, a place where I feel the life-force, which can be experienced as streams of light and sound, can be accessed. Hence the CD title 'Streams'. If the music inspires or uplifts the listener, and can enable them to discover that place or source within themselves, then I am delighted and feel the music has been successful. One of the loveliest things that I hear quite regularly from people who have heard my music is that they went on a journey through the music. People experience being transported out of the concert hall, often getting visual experiences. I am interested in dreams, in soul and it's nature, and it may be that the music helps people to access that different state where they are able to experience freedom and gain insights away from physical constraints. 'I just wanted to email and say how much I've been enjoying your CD, 'Streams'. As ever with your music, there is something very cleansing about it and to listen to it is to go on a spiritual journey. It never fails to carry me to another world. Many thanks for all the pleasure it gives me.' Jane Pearson (journalist and writer) 'Your pieces brought to mind journeys, traveling, experiencing, in relationships, to places, along rivers, life events. Also the many layers of experience (always changing, moving, interacting, giving and receiving) of mind, body, emotions, heart and soul.' Dr K.P. Leicester, England. The title of 'Passage' (one of the piano solos), is almost a play on words, exploring the ideas of transformation, journey, the passage of time or a tunnel or channel as well as simply a piece of music. Similarly, 'Streams' (4 movements), stems from the inspiration of currents of water, from a small source to a powerful waterfall, a steady flow of energy and streams of light and consciousness. This, too, can be described as a journey, 'within the Eternal', reflected by melody, set against mantras of one note or group of notes, or the hum of the harmonic. The CD also includes two other piano solos, 'Always' and 'Apres', and 'Light Falling' for string orchestra and harp played by the Italian orchestra Sinfonica Aosta. Here are some more reviews of my music: "Rosemary Duxbury has the gift of melody" Brian Lee, Caduceus magazine 'Rosemary's music has that combination of artistic integrity and accessibility to a wide audience that eludes most contemporary composers' Stephen Gamble, classical music critic, Leicester Mercury. 'One admires Rosemary's integrity and the sustained quality of her work which combines subtle techniques and developing her special brand of minimalism within a profound spiritual context. The effect of her music is both powerful and accessible, attracting interest from the music lover to the musically trained listener, performer or composer.' Anthony Pither, Director of Music, University of Leicester 'Your new album is stunning' G.C., Kent, England 'Thanks so much for your lovely CD.It is magnificent! I was particularly impressed with the first track with the strings. Beautiful!' A.S., Tennessee, USA 'I just wanted to write and tell you how beautiful and exquisite your music is - it's really moving.' A.H., Nuremberg, Germany This music has been performed around Europe, in America and Canada, and has been broadcast on American, British and Canadian radio. As well as being performed in the concert repertoire, my compositions have been used in multi-media performances, choreographed for dance, for ice skating, used in theatre, and for short film.
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