Bring Me All Your Dreams
Commissioned by Snape Maltings for the Aldeburgh Festival
First Performance 10 June 2019 by Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Snape Maltings Concert Hall
8.03.20 Blackmore’s Musikzimmer, Berlin; Natalia Pegarkova-Barenboim piano *German Premiere*
8.04.20 Toronto (details to follow); Adam Sherkin piano *Canadian Premiere*
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score available here
Bring Me All Your Dreams, for solo piano, was commissioned by Snape Maltings for the Aldeburgh Festival and premiered on 10 June 2019 by Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Snape Maltings Concert Hall
To write something as perfect, precise, beautiful and enchanted as everything Olly wrote is most likely to be a lifelong quest for me. The lessons he so generously, openly and readily provided me will remain close to my heart as will the conviction he instilled in me as a composer. Bring Me All Your Dreams is written in memory of Olly and for my son Caio, who entered the world just a few months after Olly suddenly, sadly and unexpectedly made his exit.
The piece seeks to mimic the imaginings within the dream of a newborn child. The music floats and dances with tiny flutters and fleeting smiles, moving rapidly through various states of a luminous, secret world. The title Bring Me All Your Dreams is taken from the poem, The Dream Keeper, by Langston Hughes. The ‘heart melodies’ wrapped ‘in a blue cloud-cloth, away from the too-rough fingers of the world’ describe exactly the newborn’s dreaming I write about- innocent, inventive, playful and curious. Echoes of Olly’s Ophelia’s Last Dance pervade the work, hauntingly yet affectionately.