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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



5 minutes

St Peter's Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), 16 February 2018, St Luke's Church, Chelsea, London

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
Composition date


16 February 2018

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

St Peter's Chamber Orchestra (SPCO)