Anderson The Colours of Pomegranates for Alto Flute and Piano


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Anderson The Colours of Pomegranates for Alto Flute and Piano

Anderson The Colours of Pomegranates for Alto Flute and Piano

Composer-Julian Anderson


A brief nocturne composed for alto flute and piano, inspired by the film of the same name directed by Paradjanov. One scene in the film depicts a peasant sitting on a cupola, playing his flute as church bells chime in the background. In my composition, I interpret this scene by crafting a leisurely and melodic tune for the alto flute, while the piano emulates the sound of the bells accompanying the performance.

The piece uses few special effects, save overblowing to produce chords of harmonics towards the close. The Colour of Pomegranates was commissioned by the Park Lane Group and is dedicated with gratitude to James Dutton.

Julian Anderson

Julian Anderson, born in London in 1967, is a highly talented composer recognised for his exceptional contributions. His commissioned works by prestigious orchestras including the Berliner Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra have garnered acclaim.

Notably, his orchestral piece Diptych (1990) won the RPS Composition Prize in 1992, marking his rise to prominence. Throughout his career, Anderson has held Composer in Residence positions with orchestras like the City of Birmingham Symphony, Cleveland, and London Philharmonic, resulting in remarkable orchestral works like Stations of the Sun and Eden.

In addition to his accomplishments in the film music world, Anderson is an active composer of choral works. His compositions, like Bell Mass and Fantasias, have received prestigious awards, including recognition at the British Composer Awards.

As an educator, Anderson has held professorships at institutions like the Royal College of Music, Harvard University, and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has inspired and mentored numerous students, some of whom have gone on to become accomplished composers themselves.

Recent works like Exiles and Symphony No. 2 ‘Prague Panoramas’ continue to demonstrate Anderson’s artistic growth and success. His contributions have been recognised with honours including a CBE, the Monaco Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Culturel, and the Grawemeyer Award.

As President of the Music Council for the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco and Senior Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Anderson continues to shape the world of contemporary music with his innovative creations.

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