Intoxicating Orchids

for saxophone, harpsichord and ensemble

Richard Whalley

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for saxophone, harpsichord and ensemble

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Composer Richard Whalley
Year of Composition 2008
Duration ca.20'
ISMN 9790570682300
Forces fl/picc, cl, bcl, ssax/asax, perc, hpschd, 2vln, 2vla, 2vc, db
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-rw1io1


In the summer of 2003 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a month composing at the La Mortella gardens on the Italian island of Ischia. This is where William Walton lived, and whilst he composed, his wife, Lady Susana, created a wonderful tropical garden, built into a volcanic cliff face. Whilst there I became addicted to the scent of the Acineta Superba orchid, which I was compelled to visit several times a day. The scent of one particular orchid had me utterly intrigued: how could a smell be so complex, so difficult to fathom, so intoxicating? And this got me thinking about parallels with music…

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