of lavender light…

for eleven players

Silvina Milstein

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Composer Silvina Milstein
Year of Composition 1997
Duration ca.11'
ISMN 9790570684106

Instrumentation Flute/Alto Flute, Oboe, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Horn, Tuba, Harp, Strings
Categories (all composers)
Catalogue ID ce-sm1oll1


In of lavender light … I have explored unfolding musical motives, gestures, and phrases against harmonically static textures, which function as pedal points. The continuously proliferating lines and embellishments heard throughout eventually dissolve into a melody played by a violin, its contours carrying memories of an Argentinian popular song.

Recorded by Lontano (fire dressed in black: Silvina Milstein Chamber Works, LORELT, LNT129).

… Milstein loves fantastical poetic imagery, and the music is saturated with them: blue tigers, Hindu temples, the ‘lavender light’ in Van Gogh’s paintings.

– Ivan Hewitt, BBC Music Magazine

Silvina Milstein’s music is many-layered and complex, but alluring – its colours multifarious, its ideas built from rich melodic and harmonic palettes … the poetic fluidity of of lavender light…

– Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times

… Milstein controls the contrasts in tone and texture admirably …

– Guy Rickards, Tempo 63 (250), 2009