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'Purple Is the Colour of Sheer Noise' is a miniature for soprano and ensemble, composed in summer 2020.

The concept for 'Purple Is the Colour of Sheer Noise' initially stemmed from a conversation I had with composer Emily Abdy about vulnerability and dynamics within our compositions. It was during this conversation that I realised that so much of my music (at the time) revolved around harsh noise, around heaviness, around cathartic gestures and soundscapes - possibly influenced by my upbringing in London - that the idea of true quietness or stillness scared me. During the quietness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I realised... perhaps it was the quietness that made me feel vulnerable?

oh, is it

the quietness

that makes you feel

so vulnerable?

'Purple Is the Colour of Sheer Noise' was written for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Virtual Thallein project; the piece was premiered by Thallein Ensemble, conducted by Daniele Rosina, in October 2020.
Soprano -
Chloe Gadd
Mandolin - Chris Roberts
Cello - Lucy Samuels
Tenor saxophone - Alicia Hillman
Bass trombone - Tom Pilsbury

Vibraphone - Alex Henshaw

Conductor - Daniele Rosina

Premiered by Virtual Thallein on 21 October 2020.


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