for solo piano

Charlotte Bray

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Composer Charlotte Bray
Year of Composition 2013
Duration ca.9'
Categories (all composers) , , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-cb1o1


In Greek mythology, dreams were personified by dark-winged spirits called Oneiroi. They emerged at night from their cavernous home in Erebos, the land of eternal darkness beyond the rising sun. According to Homer, the Oneiroi passed through one of two gates: the deceitful dreams come through a polished ivory gate, while the prophetic god-sent dreams issue from a transparent gate made of horn. Since dreams are essentially a private inner space, a hidden dialogue of thoughts and emotions, the parallel of the Oneiroi is fitting in viewing the piece as a Spirit of dreams.

The work itself is entirely abstract, and the title in fact materialised once the notes were written. It’s muse was principally other music, that of Hans Werner Henze and Oliver Knussen particularly. A dialogue of thoughts flow through the piece, an incredibly private inner space, frequently returning to melodies, as if flashes of dream recur. Sometimes dark, isolated, and pensive, and at other times delicate, lyrical, and warmer in character, the music floats in a constant flux between a clear and a blurred state- one questions whether it is a dream or reality.