On the Other Shore

for solo cello

Charlotte Bray

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Composer Charlotte Bray
Year of Composition 2014
Duration ca.3'


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Catalogue ID ce-cb1otos1


The title ‘On the Other Shore’ represents an idea explored through the piece of observing something from afar whilst not able to get close to it. As if suspended between two worlds, perhaps a metaphor for two souls searching for one another. At times the melody is like a beacon, strongly calling for the other to join. This is contrasted by a softer, intimate, hazy presence.

Resonating with my ideas, Anish Kapoor writes about how the relationship between individual beings is revealed in relation to his work ‘My Body, Your Body’ (1993), which ‘responds to the dialects of presence and absence, to the dialogue between the I and the other between emitter and receptor’.

First performed on the 23rd September 2015 by Tim Gill at Kings Place, London at London Sinfonietta’s ‘World Premiere Wednesdays’, part of the Sinfonietta Shorts series. Listen to a recording of that performance: