Water Images was first performed by the Royal Northern College of Music on the 30th of June 2011 at the Noise of Many Waters Project at the Manchester Victoria Baths.
Mermaid – Solo oboe
The oboe is a mystical beautiful mermaid who hides in the deep sea. The endless ocean is represented by the rest of the Quintet. The mermaid sick of her loneliness, slowly rises to the surface of the water, where she cries of her anguish and sorrow. The water responds, feeling her pain. The mermaid cannot bear to see her emotions amplified on the crashing waves and so she dives back to the depths.
St. Ives – Solo horn
The horn represents the extraordinary beauty of St. Ives. The rest of the quintet are the tourists, who are far too busy being holidaymakers to stop and appreciate the historic town.
Reflections – Solo clarinet
The still water acts as a mirror; the reflected image occasional broken by flowing ripples. The calm and stillness allows the mind to wonder, following the changing shapes and colours of water mirror.
Water Babies - Rachel Pank
Elements Within – Solo bassoon
Two hydrogen elements and one oxygen are needed to create water, a ratio of two to one. In this movement two bars are followed by one, representing the two elements. The ratio is also used to decide the duration of the bars; the ‘hydrogen’ bars are always double the length of the ‘oxygen’ bar. The movement also illustrates the change from one state to another, beginning with gas, followed by liquid and finally solid.
Clouds – Solo flute
Wisps of cloud slowly wander across the sky and beginning to form into big white shapes. The clouds grow heavy and drops of rain begin to fall. Before long, the sun bursts through the clouds, ceasing the rain and disperses the clouds, which float off into the distance.