The harp is Ireland's national instrument, most closely associated with the baroque gentility of the music of Carolan and Handel. On A PALE YELLOW SKY, Cliona Doris, demonstrates that its range is much more than this as she explores the contemporary music of Ireland through works written for concert harp by six of the country's foremost composers.
The title track is a series of musical meditations that draws the listener into composer Deirdre McKay's source of inspiration, a series of haiku. American based Jason E. Geistweidt's work, like that of Michael Alcorn's, displays how the unique sounds of the harp can combine with and be transformed by electronics to create a whole new, engaging soundscape for the listener. While the inspiration for A Question About Angels is a poem that wonders about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin although the composer's own query is how angels play their harps (if at all)? The composers of these and all the other works on A PALE YELLOW SKY employ a wide array of musical styles and approaches to instrument, each of which Cliona tackles with artistry and beguiling technical skill.
Michael Quinn, Journal of Music, 1 November 2008
"These revelatory performances show just how flexible and expressive the harp can be, with Doris communicating with all the skill of a craftsperson, the sensitivity of a poet and the sensibility of a musician very much in her prime."
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a pale yellow sky (2005)
1. a pale yellow sky
3. sycamore seeds
4. floating all alone
6. spring Rain
7. late autumn – waiting
JASON E. GEISTWEIDT
8. meditation, mediation, mediation (2005) for harp and live electronics
9. endless the white clouds (2005)
10. A Question about Angels (2003)
11. Psallo (2005) for harp and live electronics
Soundings (2005) for clarinet, viola and harp
12. Andante non troppo
13. Moderato agitato