The Wayfarers is a setting for large
orchestra and Tenor soloist of a sonnet by Rupert Brooke. As the Tenor
journeys through the poem he remembers various moments and feelings. These
memories are conveyed through the orchestra by quoting extracts of pre-existing
pieces which create emotional resonances within the music. This technique
– referentialism – saturates the music and raises the references
to a structural rather than localised level. In this sense the technique
should be seen in the philosophical and musical context of leitmotif.
Robin Hagues (b. Leeds 1969) read music at Oxford University and currently works freelance for music publishers as a type-setter and arranger. Other works include 'Quintet' for Oboe, Clarinet, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion and a Piano sonata (under revision).
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