Pollard & Kenny CD preparations

Beginning to get things ready for the recording of our CD. Matt has been tying musicians down to rehearsal dates, which is a tricky and difficult job. I meanwhile have been reviewing the words of This Concert Will Fall in Love With You and making a few minor tweaks.

The CD will have four pieces on it “This concert…” which has a theme and 12 variations. And three choral pieces: Found, written originally for the Rainbow Chorus, which they are recording for their own CD. Our version will have different instrumentation. Then there isClameur, a setting of my poem from A Guernsey Double which Matt has turned into a fascinating two-movement piece starting with angularity and vocal representations of being on the tube train, which later resolves into gorgeousness.

The final piece started life as a choral exercise, Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. This translates as And on earth peace, good will toward men which Matt told me is something of a standard text for choral pieces.

I am beginning to love the music which has a brooding, ambiguous quality. Listening to the soundfile gave me a strong vision of leaves for some reason. And lately I have become keen on listening to the sound of wind through trees. I have rewritten the piece, and have called it Adam, and sent it to Matt to see what the maestro makes of it. This is our first piece where the music came first, so it will be interesting to see if I can demonstrate as much sensitivity as Matt has.

We’re also thinking about a name for the CD too. This concert will fall in love with you, is rather long, This CD will fall in love with you too crassly commercial perhaps. I like Clameur, but I am still unsure.

Rehearsals start next month. I can’t wait.

By Peter Kenny

I lead a double life. Identity #1. A writer of poems, comedy plays, dark fiction and the odd libretto. Identity #2: A marketing outlier, working with London creative agencies and my own clients as a copywriter and creative consultant.

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