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This is one of Barbara Hepworth's sculptures from the mid 1950s, the time when she first came into contact with composer Priaulx Rainier. The sculpture carries the subtitle 'Gloria' and has resonances of an angelic form. The music is loosely based on two earlier works by Nigel Morgan that explores a description of melody by composer and writer Sam Richards, that of 'rising, falling and hovering' (also the title of a
celebrated painting by Paul Klee). Such descriptive words are commonly found in texts about angels.

The version presented here is for tenor saxophone, but may be realized on any solo instrument. In the recording and broadcast by John Cooper of BBCNOW a synthesized drone was added to support the performance.

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