Studland Beach

Cheesman, Howard

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Duration

7m 25s

Composed

2002

Instrumentation

Flexible Ensemble

Scoring

4 parts, solo va/bn/vc/pf, pebbles, egg maracas, water bottles.

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About the work

This piece is based on Vanessa Bell’s painting Studland Beach. A solo instrument depicts the mysterious standing figure. The music of the ensemble passages draws on other qualities of the painting: its bold composition; its use of colour; the beach as the setting and the feeling of unease. I wanted to capture the sense of a narrative that remains elusive.

Origin

Tate Liverpool