Book of Trees (2015)
Graphic Score | Pen and Ink | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Solo Piano | c. 10'00'' (+)
Performance: Solo Piano
Premiere: Glasgow, Scotland, March 2016: Henry McPherson, Piano
A set of illustrated miniatures for piano, based on the native trees of Herefordshire, England.
Western Traditional Notation | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Opera | c. 13'00''
Picc./Fl. | Ob. | Cl./B.Cl. | Bsn. | Hn. | Tpt. | Tbn. | Tba.
Perc. x2/3: Rain St., Ratch., B.D., S.D., T-t., Glock., Xyl., Mar., Cymb., Temp. Bl., Wind ch., Vibras., Flex.)
soloists: Ten., Bari., Mezzo. Chorus: c. 30 SATB
Premiere: PLUG, Glasgow, Scotland, May 2016: BBC Scottish Symphony Orch., Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scotland
“[The music] convincingly rides that disarming line betwe
en familiar and skewed. McPherson’s writing is confident, vivid and rich in atmosphere.” – Kate Mollesson, on Ūhte
Ūhte is an original Opera-Film collaboration between the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, BBC Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Martyn Brabbins, Henry McPherson, and Director Ray Tallan.
The libretto and music are by Henry McPherson, with screenplay and film-story by Ray Tallan. The principal roles were played by David Horton, Emma Mockett, and Kenneth Reid.
Commissioned as part of the conservatoire's PLUG at 10 festival, the work received positive critical acclaim, and was heralded as a landmark collaboration between the institution's Opera and Film departments. In 2017, the film was nominated for the inaugural Scottish Awards for New Music, in the category of "Best Recorded New Work"
Please note, this film contains content which some may find distressing.