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Sparring with Shadows

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This piece is a duo for one player and his shadow. The relationship is a volatile one - at times there is sparring with angry repartee (as at the beginning) and at others, there is dancing, a pale, ghostly waltz followed by a passionate, lyrical song where shadow and player become one in the dark. As the light returns so does the sparring! This virtuosic miniature is dedicated to David Heyes and David Ellis with letters from their names providing much of the material for the piece.

Sparring with Shadows was premiered on 29 September 2013 at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) by David Heyes.


Sadie Harrison was born in Adelaide, Australia, moving to England in 1970 where she undertook composition studies with Nicola Lefanu gaining her Phd at Kings College, London. Sadie's music has been played internationally in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival hall, Barbican and Lithuanian National Philharmonic by some of the world's leading performers. Her music has been released to critical acclaim on Sargasso, BML, Metier, NMC and Clarinet Classics and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and in Eastern Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, America, Lithuania, the Netherlands and elsewehere.

Recent projects include works for the Edinburgh Fringe, ABRSM Spectrum series, a Violin Concerto for Rusne Mataityte, and a song cycle for Paul Carey-Jones, chamber music for Fiona Cross, Duncan Honeybourne, David Heyes, the Scottish Clarinet Quartet, and Peter Sheppard Skaerved for performance in 2012. Sadie's music is published by UYMP (University of York Music Press) and Recital Music.

'...rhythm and lyricism held in perfect balance.' (Gramophone)

'...a compelling, distinctive and passionate compositional voice.' (Tempo)

'...this is distinctive, pungent music that demands close attention.' (The Guardian)

'...a fluent, thoughtfully poetic language' (The Sunday Times)

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Cat No. RM755
Supplier Code RM755
Price £7.50
ComposerSadie Harrison
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty levelAdvanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-755-7
EAN-13 9790570457557
Weight 90 grams
Published 2nd February 2015
Availability 5 in stock
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