Selene's Reverie Frederick Viner

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5 mins

Sinfonietta/Chamber Orchestra

2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 2 B-flat Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 2 Horn in F, 2 Trumpet in B-flat, 1 Cymbals, 1 Timpani, 1 Orchestral Strings

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Programme note

Selene’s Reverie depicts Greek lunar goddess, Selene, in two different states: Quietly musing, which is represented by a lyrical, omnipresent oboe melody; and, driving her chariot drawn by a pair of winged steeds, which is evoked through a fast, dance-like section. The delicate, often sparse orchestration recalls for me the impressionists - notable proponents of the reverie. However, the title also derives from a more archaic definition of the word: ‘a fanciful or impractical idea’, which ties in with Selene’s wish to seduce mortal shepherd prince, Endymion. Some accounts of her tale even attribute to Selene a wish to condemn Endymion to eternal slumber, which is reflected in the somewhat unsettled nature of her melody.

Commissioned by St Peter's Chamber Orchestra


St Peter's Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), 16 February 2018, St Luke's Church, Chelsea, London
  • 16 Feb 2018 | 7:30pm |

    SPCO Charity Concert, St Luke's Church, Chelsea, London


    St Peter's Chamber Orchestra (SPCO)