The House on the Hill

Composer: Hugh Boyle (b. 1984)
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Composer: Hugh Boyle (b. 1984)

Performance date: 05/07/2009

Venue: Bantry Library

Composition Year: 2009

Duration: 00:06:44

Recording Engineer: Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm

Instrumentation: vn, vc, pf

Instrumentation Category:Piano Trio

Artists: Cliodna Shanahan - [piano]
Aoife Nic Athlaoich - [cello]
Cerys Jones - [violin]

The House on the Hill

This piece is a self-contained one movement work of around five
minutes in duration. Despite having a seemingly programmatic title the work is
abstract in nature and does not seek to communicate any extra-musical
associations. That said the work shouldn’t be viewed as not being expressive.
The work was created with a view to communicating a musical experience through
the creation of an engaging and structured musical landscape.


Overall, the work makes use of a small amount of material which is
developed throughout and there are five main sections; a fragmented
introduction, a canonic section (briefly interrupted by the piano), a
development section (leading to violin harmonics), a reprise of the opening and
a coda to end with. The piece does not conform to any defined shape but rather
creates an overall arch shape (both in the intensity of the material and the range
of the melodic lines) in which the use of canon acts as a means of providing
inner coherence and direction.