Ian Stewart - composer musician

Productions of the Anvil

Alto saxophone : bass clarinet : prerecorded spoken voice: ambient sounds
(14 minutes 30 seconds)

First performance: Thursday, 30 November 2018
Centrala - Birmingham
Birmingham - England

Naomi Sullivan - alto saxophone
Luke Newby - bass clarinet
Isobel Matthews - prerecorded spoken voice

Programme Notes:
The text to this work is taken from many original sources: two histories of Birmingham; 19th century novelists and poets either from Birmingham, or who lived here; 18th century documents relating to the building of the cut; a book about the city’s trams; interviews and posts on web forums; and from notices, posters, and other text found on walls around the city.
All sounds are from recordings made in Birmingham, including those heavily processed. The music is based entirely on one of the favourite hymns of prominent local novelist and essayist J. H. Shorthouse - And Now, O Father, Mindful of the Love; and the folksong - Dabbling In The Dew - from a collection of songs from the Black Country and Birmingham.