Composition date: 2001
Instrumentation: clarinet and electronics
Length: 13 minutes
Funding credit: Jeanne Davis and Gareth Davis
Date: February 2001
Venue: Trinity College of Music, London
Performers: Gareth Davis and the composer
Icarus is the boy who flew too close to the sun. A story that connects with an ancient dream: soaring in the sky, flying free.
While composing this piece, I had two images in mind: early footage of attempts at powered flight in machines of great delicacy - and hang-gliding enthusiasts wheeling and diving over a cliff - like the seabirds that surrounded them.
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