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for Harp
Approx. Duration: 4’

Written for Lauren Scott as part of Psappha Ensemble’s ‘Composing For’ Scheme 2019

‘Glass Cathedrals’ (2019) for solo harp is inspired by the conceptual image of a grand cathedral constructed entirely of glass. The work seeks to create a delicate sound-world to emulate the fragility of the glass structure, contrasted by the use of prevailing, stronger indicatory material to emulate the large, imposing building itself. The piece aims to capture a moment of fleeting, temporary splendour before its great, and expectedly enduring, structure shatters. The melodic content is also inspired by lines from the poem ‘Adonaïs’ by Shelley:
‘Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass, Stains the white radiance of eternity’ ©G.E.M.2018

©Cover Image: 'Glass Cathedrals' Painting by Grace-Evangeline Mason 2019