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Oliver Iredale Searle

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Composer Oliver Iredale Searle
Year of Composition 2004
Duration ca.5'
Instrumentation 4 Bass Clarinets in Bb
Categories (all composers) , , , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-os1d3


I have a vivid memory of hiding behind the family sofa at the age of 4, while “watching” Doctor Who. The word Downwarp reminded me of this experience, sounding like something out of a science fiction film, even though this has nothing in common with the original definition. It originates in geology, where it describes a surface depression in the Earth’s crust, but still offers an image of a certain situation, which I cannot eliminate from my thinking. This is a work about nostalgia and the slight melancholy I experience when recalling points in my childhood.

Commissioned by the Scottish Clarinet Quartet. First performance Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August, 2004.