The Certainty of Tides

solo cello and ensemble of 12 strings

“A solo cello – Natalie Clein, with powerful, eloquent and full-blooded tone – is offset by a string orchestra that interacts with the solo line in discussions plangent with expression and spangled with pizzicato; much of the piece is wrought around soaring cello lines that, suitably enough, rise.”
The Arts Desk 

Duration 11’
Instrumentation solo cello
First Performance 14 December 2019, Kings Place, London; Natalie Clein (cello), Aurora Orchestra, Duncan Ward (conductor)
Commissioned by the First 100 Years
Further Performances
4.3.22 Växjö, Sweden; Robin Michael cello, Musica Vitae
6.3.22 Ljungby, Sweden; Robin Michael cello, Musica Vitae
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With clarity, the cello sings powerfully through the piece, her persistent voice a singular source of energy for the ensemble. In constant motion and usually ascending, the piece sparkles and radiates. In one movement the solo voice, like a pathfinder, leads the ensemble through four inter-connected sections. In blazing a trail, she is at times alone but never lonely.

The title is taken from Maya Angelou’s empowering poem, Still I Rise, in which the strength and constancy of woman is likened to the certainty of tides.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Gallery of Slovenia in Ljubljana, the composer took the sculpture by Drago Trsar entitled, Amidst the Powerful and the Powerless, as her inspiration for the piece. In connection with this, the ground-breaking history project “The First 100 Years” celebrates pioneers in the legal profession over this period, since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time. The sculpture is a visual representation of the principal themes inherent in the 100 years project and the music, in turn, embodies both.