CD Cloud and Mirrors

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Alan Charlton was a composer, music author and educator renowned for his innate musicality and intellectual rigour. Born in Perivale, London, in 1970, he studied horn, piano and composition at the Junior Royal Academy of Music before gaining a place at the University of Bristol to read Music. It was here that Charlton’s passion for composition flourished, earning him the first ever PhD in composition to be awarded by the university. Having taught composition at Bristol, he then took up a position as the first Eileen Norris Fellow in Composition at Bedford School, where he taught, among others, pianist William Vann, singer and choral educator Paul Smith of Voces8, and future England cricket captain Alastair Cook. In 2011 Charlton met his wife, Nicola, whilst playing the cello in the London Shostakovich Orchestra, and in 2013 moved with her to Brussels. Their daughter, Eleanor, was born the following year. Alan’s untimely death from neuroendocrine cancer came in 2018, at the age of 47.

Charlton’s musical style is highly lyrical, with an original, expressive harmonic language rooted in early twentieth century music. Early influences were Stravinsky’s rhythmic energy, the lyricism and harmonic language of Berg, Bartók’s contrapuntal mastery and the surging, obsessive ostinati of Janá?ek. A major element of Charlton’s compositional technique is the use of canons, whether strict, mirrored or inverted.

In 2010 he invented an entirely new harmonic language, which he dubbed Charltonality, in which he has two different scales mirror eachother: every pitch in the first scale is paired to a pitch in the second scale, and they always sound together. The technique was devised in order to create new chords and chord progressions that would otherwise be physically unplayable and very difficult to imagine aurally.

His music was also inspired by landscape, nature, and birdsong, which he regularly sought out at his parents’ home in Wensleydale and on birding trips in Ireland and wider Europe. Charlton’s music affords technical and interpretative challenges to the performer, and it expects an attentive ear from the listener, but it has always been highly practical, whether written for professionals, amateurs or children.

To learn more about Alan Charlton’s music and performances please see www.alancharlton.com.

TRACK LISTING

The Cloud song – cycle for soprano and piano
1 I Bring Fresh Showers 03:40
artists: ‘April Frederick’ ‘William Vann’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
2 I Sift the Snow 05:01
artists: ‘April Frederick’ ‘William Vann’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
3 The Sanguine Sunrise 05:25
artists: ‘April Frederick’ ‘William Vann’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
4 That Orbed Maiden 04:38
artists: ‘April Frederick’ ‘William Vann’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
5 I Bind the Sun’s Throne 05:18
artists: ‘April Frederick’ ‘William Vann’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
6 I am the Daughter 07:09
artists: ‘April Frederick’ ‘William Vann’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
The Snow in the Street
7 The Snow in the Street – for mixed chor 05:15
artists: ‘Brussels Chamber Choir ‘ ‘Helen Cassano’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus est natus
8 Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus est natus – for mixed choir 04:32
artists: ‘Brussels Chamber Choir ‘ ‘Helen Cassano’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
Suite for Cello & Guitar
9 I. Intrada 03:25
artists: ‘Edenwood Duo ‘ ‘Wouter Vercruysse’ ‘Catherine Struys’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
10 II. Tarantella 06:32
artists: ‘Edenwood Duo ‘ ‘Wouter Vercruysse’ ‘Catherine Struys’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
11 III. Intermezzo 01:50
artists: ‘Edenwood Duo ‘ ‘Wouter Vercruysse’ ‘Catherine Struys’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
12 IV. Cantilena 04:52
artists: ‘Edenwood Duo ‘ ‘Wouter Vercruysse’ ‘Catherine Struys’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
13 V. Burlesque 04:21
artists: ‘Edenwood Duo ‘ ‘Wouter Vercruysse’ ‘Catherine Struys’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
bonustrack:
14 Fantasy 13:13
artists: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’
composers: ‘Alan Charlton (1970-2018)’

1 review for CD Cloud and Mirrors

  1. N Robinson

    Wonderful music! Exquisitely performed and expertly produced. The Edenwood Duo’s interpretation of Charlton’s Suite for Cello and Guitar is particularly fine, such a range of colours and textures, from fortissimo chords to romantic duets to pianissimo harmonics. Beautiful.

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