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Childhood and Memory
A multi-media project celebrating the legacy of Robert Schumann in his anniversary year 2006.

In July 2005 I discovered the Autobiography of the writer, journalist, poet and Catholic apologist G.K.Chesterton. In the second chapter of this book he writes a 'secular sermon on childhood and memory', a wonderful collection of special moments and observations. I had for many years wished to create a companion piece for Robert Schumann's Kinderszenen, not only as ' Scenes from Childhood' for our times, but also as a work that could be played and enjoyed by Young and Old alike - in the best traditions of good Children's Literature.

My discovery of Chesterton's book coincided with the approach of the Robert Schumann 150th anniversary in 2006. Thanks to generous funding from a European television network and a national bookshop chain I was able to write The White Light of Wonder for solo piano in November 2005 and commission what has proved to be a significant addition to this work, the 12 original drawings by Dette Allmark (see an example on the left), a sequence of poems by Margaret Morgan and a web presentation by Phil Legard.

Almost immediately after finishing White Light I set to music Margaret Morgan's engaging poems in the spirit of Schumann's Dichterliebe as a cycle for baritone and piano (with a version for voice and piano trio). This cycle was then conflated and condensed into a Fantasy Piece for violoncello and piano. Finally in July 2006 I created 12 reflections on Childhood and Memory for violin and piano that significantly extends the original music of White Light. This now completes an hour long multi-media sequence suitable for concert performance, broadcasting or recording.


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Nigel Morgan, Prudential Buildings, 55 Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1BW, United Kingdom Tel: 01924 383017 e-mail: tonalitysystems@mac.com

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