IAN WILSON (b. 1964)
for solo piano | 72' | World Premiere 2007–09 | Dedicated to Matthew Schellhorn
- SummaryOpen or CloseIan Wilson's Stations is a monumental solo piano work inspired by the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross.
Matthew Schellhorn premiered the work in stages over two years, giving a performance of its final part at Wigmore Hall in 2008.
Some of the work was also performed live on BBC Radio 3.
In April 2014, Diatribe Records will release the world premiere recording by Matthew Schellhorn.
- Programme noteOpen or CloseStations is a fourteen-movement work for solo piano inspired by the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross – a narrative in fourteen scenes that relates to the events leading from Christ’s death sentence to his entombment.
In the past, I have sought on occasion to marry aspects of the Christian faith with universal human experience. Works such as The Seven Last Words (for piano trio), Winter’s Edge (for string quartet), and Rich Harbour (a concerto for organ and orchestra) have all sought to distil the emotional content of the ideas behind them and to transpose them onto dramatic musical frameworks that carry the wmovements forward unhindered by dogma or imagery. Stations uses the devotional sequence of the Stations of the Cross as the structural and emotional basis for a large-scale instrumental work. As well as being obviously related to that idea, I also wanted to expand the potential “meaning” of the work so that intimations of programme music or purely impressionistic or pictorial responses would not arise, but rather a strong, unified journey-type piece would result. The intention was to have a multi-movement, seventy-five-minute work that creates its own sense of musical drama as it proceeds.
The work is divided into four Books and each Book is also performable as a separate entity. Matthew Schellhorn gave the world premiere of each Book separately between 2007 and 2008 and also gave the first complete performance of the work in 2009.
© 2010 Ian Wilson
- PerformancesOpen or Close18 May 2007
St Pancras Church, London, UK (Books I and II)
24 April 2008
Kingston University, UK (Book III)
21 March 2008
BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' (Sixth Station)
7 May 2008
Wigmore Hall, London, UK (Book IV)
9 April 2009
Harty Room, Queen’s University Belfast, UK (complete)
11 April 2009
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
12 April 2009
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, UK
Tuesday 8th April 2014 19:30
St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, UK
Thursday 10th April 2014 19:30
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Sunday 13th April 2014 12:00
Blackheath Halls, London, UK
Monday 14th April 2014 13:10
Church of St John the Evangelist, Edinburgh, UK
Tuesday 15th April 2014 19:30
Robinson College, Cambridge, UK
Friday 16th May 2014 18:30
St Augustine's Church, Thorpe Bay, Essex, UK
Sunday 18th May 2014 16:00
Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk, UK
Sunday 29th June 2014 18:00
Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire, UK
Thursday 10th July 2014 13:15
Chelmsford Cathedral, Essex, UK
Tuesday 31st March 2015 20:00
- Concert reviewsOpen or CloseMatthew Schellhorn gave a sensitive first complete performance...This collection of distilled impressions is emotional rather than pictorial – it's a sound world of ambience and intimationBelfast Telegraph, 10 April 2009Schellhorn’s performance of the work is assured and definite in its direction, giving life to Wilson’s musicGraeme Stewart, CultureNorthernIreland, 16 April 2009