Commissioned by the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts. First performed by Rozenn Le Trionnaire (clarinet) and the Albion Quartet on 24th August 2019 at St Andrew's Church, Presteigne.

  • Clarinet
  • 14 min

Programme Note

Commissioned by the Presteigne Festival and premiered at St. Andrew's Church, Presteigne on 24th August 2019 by Rozenn Le Trionnaire and The Albion Quartet.

When looking for ideas to spark my imagination for Tales of the Invisible, I thought back to an event at the 2017 Presteigne Festival where writer Nicholas Murray introduced his new book Crossings:

"Part travel book, part personal journey, part meditation on the meaning of borders, literal and metaphorical, Crossings is also rooted in the author’s thirty-year residence in the Radnor Valley in the border country of Mid-Wales.”

​This piece, whilst not ‘about’ anything, takes inspiration from the chapters of Murray's book that explore the borders between busyness and peace, sanity and madness, night and day, the borders within one's own self, and of course, the borders between countries. I also looked to a book referenced in Murray's writing: A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani, which tells the story of the author’s perilous crossing over the mountains of Albania to "the-world-beyond-borders—Greece, whose twinkling electric lights seemed to offer freedom, riches and love”.

​Tales of the Invisible is in three movements: ‘Andante’, ‘Largo espressivo’ and ‘Allegro Scherzando’. The title is taken from the prologue of Kapllani's book, which states that "tales of the invisible, psychological borders experiences in a foreign country rarely reach a conclusion...”

© Cheryl Frances-Hoad, 2019