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BRIAN ANDREW INGLIS: To Byzantium and Beyond

Catalogue No.: 
0022034KAI
EAN Code: 
9120010286346
Label: 
KAIROS
Recording Date: 
2 Jul 2003, 2010 & 2 Nov 2023
Recording Venue: 
various
Release: 
May 2024

The album is inspired by the poetry of William Butler Yeats, in particular his work Sailing to Byzantium. The main composition, which features five recorder sizes from tenor to garklein, explores themes of time and transcendence, depicting a journey to an imaginary Byzantium where the poet is transformed into a golden bird. The four movements correspond to stanzas in Yeats’ poem, with recurring elements such as a lyrical refrain and a gyre reflecting the poet’s themes. The trajectory of the piece rises, mirroring the poetic theme, and integrates both old and new forms, incorporating extended techniques and exploring microtones. The Études de concert, written separately but complementary, serve as a sonic precursor to the Byzantium piece, showcasing conventional and extended recorder techniques within various musical forms. The two electronic pieces act as interludes between the main works, offering a diverse musical experience that blends ancient traditions with modern sensibilities. Created in collaboration with experimental musician Scott Taylor, the album reflects a fusion of musical styles and approaches.

Brian Andrew Inglis
Études de concert (2007–2021) for recorder solo
1.
Air
03:15
2.
Fuga
05:11
3.
Paraphrase on "O virga mediatrix"
04:46
4.
Tema con trasformazioni
05:41
5.
Burmese Dreams (2010) for electronics (arr. Scott Taylor)
04:31
Sailing to Byzantium (1999) for recorder solo
6.
That is no country for old men
09:51
7.
An aged man is but a paltry thing
02:52
8.
O sages standing in God's holy fire
08:33
9.
Once out of nature
02:16
10.
Burmese Memory (2010) for electronics (arr. Scott Taylor)
11:28
Total Time: 
58:29