Local composer celebrates Southwold and East Anglia in musical tribute

English: Suffolk and Norfolk, the original con...

English: Suffolk and Norfolk, the original constituents of East Anglia, are in red. Essex and Cambridgeshire – more recently added – are in pink. This image is, inevitably, an approximation and a compromise – it is very hard to properly quantify and emborder East Anglia since it is a completely unofficial region/area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lighthouse at Southwold, Suffolk, England

The Lighthouse at Southwold, Suffolk, England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Composer Kurt Hartle exalts East Anglia in his debut release “Suffolk Skies.”  The style of music is predominantly classical. A few tracks feature light jazz characteristics. All of the works are expressive and easy on the ears. Available and live for those readers already using iTunes, the release date was met in time for the July launch.

The title track ‘Suffolk Skies‘ plays out a repeating theme which broadens to big chordal sounds. It conveys the wide open spaces of the Suffolk skyviews. His track called ‘Summer Sonnet’ is not to be missed, and just in time to herald the good summer weather.

Most of the track titles relate directly to places and elements around Southwold. For instance, his piece ‘Southwold Repose’  was written as a lullaby which represents something of the town being a place for visitors to relax and unwind. In Southwold itself, as part of the commons, lies the small Nursemaid’s Park. Knowing Southwold since 1997, Kurt recollects scenes of mother and child at play in the safety of the little park, which used to be called Nursemaid’s Green. The qualities of childhood fun and pastoral security are reflected in the piece. Not all of the titles bear specific place names. But, all of the works are inspired and fed by the natural beauty of the Suffolk coast and county.

The composer recommends taking a walk from the Southwold pier to Easton Bavents whilst listening to the ‘Piano Concerto 1st Mov’t’ (nicknamed The Etherial). From that vantage point, he says, “you can observe the light-hearted drama conveyed by the piece. Beauty strikes the eye. And, suddenly a song emerges. And in the case of that particular day, that particular walk, it was a matter of getting home fast enough to jot down the theme. It kept slipping away and then returning. It was an etherial experience, hence the nickname.”

In keeping with the seaside theme one can easily recognise the splash of the waves and ebb and flow of the North Sea tide in the track titles ‘At The Breakers.’ The album falls under the instrumental category which defines any piece or musical work that lack vocals and lyrics. While no singer is present, these are songs without words. From the intimacy of a piano solo to the compexity of an orchestral arrangement, Kurt demonstrates a breadth of ability and expressive power. The album serves as a suitable tribute to the beauty of Suffolk and, indeed, all of East Anglia.

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