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Still Life

for alto saxophone, piano and harp

Year:  2021   ·  Duration:  2m
Instrumentation:  harp (lever or pedal), alto saxophone and piano

Year:  2021
Duration:  2m
Instrumentation  harp (lever or pedal), alto...

Composer:   Michelle Velvin

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 3 and 4 of score

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Michelle Velvin’s Still Life is for lever or pedal harp, piano, and alto saxophone. This piece is inspired by the eponymous poem by Genevieve Davidson (scroll down to read).

On this evocative piece, Velvin says, “The piano and harp intertwining emotes cloud banks at the front of a storm, whilst the saxophone represents the old smooth sliding banks of the stone river. The deep water sunlight below the kelp is heard in the undulating pulses in the piano and harp in the middle section of the work: imagine looking upwards from under the sea at the dappled light refracting on the surface of the water.”

'Still Life' by Genevieve Davidson

A grey velveteen sky.

This is where we met, chestnuts on the green picnic bench.

In Autumn, the air clasped sharply beneath the bone branches of the silver birch.
We watch the old smooth sliding banks of the stone river reflect the lowering night.

In Spring, all shaded in dark greens, I love you through the beech tree sepia, beneath the deep kelp water sunlight.

The inner paintings within the movements of life.
We rest together, you and I.
A still life in our frame.

Text note

Text by Genevieve Davidson ('Still Life')