Sospiri : Orchestral Collages Nos 1, 2 & 3

by Cloudland Blue Quartet

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Sospiri I 13:52
Sospiri II 13:52
Sospiri III 13:52


Sospiri is the 12th soundscapes album from Cloudland Blue Quartet (Crispycat 0513 - 27 December 2005)

Note 1: Edward Elgar : Opus 70 "Sospiri" (
Elgar provisionally called his Opus 70 "Soupir d'Amour", intending it as a companion piece to "Salut d'Amour", a light and popular work. What emerged, however, was a work of considerably greater substance. He
composed it in the months leading up to the outbreak of the First World War and it was perhaps the gathering stormclouds of war which moved him to write a heartfelt, bleak adagio that would not be out of place as the slow movement of an Elgar symphony.

Note 2: David Reilly : Adaptations of the piece
I have taken elements of the original work and placed them into three separate collages, each of which also includes certain "outside" elements. All three pieces are built upon a bedrock of reversed held chords. The first piece places various sombre phrases over this foundation to produce an even bleaker adagio than that of Elgar's original. The second piece takes the themes into the background and adds the sounds of children playing, juxtaposed with those of war, while the final piece reverses all the themes and brings
them back to the fore.


released December 27, 2005

A Crispycat Production
Music Constructed, Digitally Edited and Produced
at Crispycat Studio, Edinburgh, Scotland
27 December 2005

Composition, Performance, Production and Design by David Reilly
Based on themes from Edward Elgar's Opus 70 "Sospiri" : Adagio for String Orchestra, Harp and Organ

Produced by David Reilly

©2005 David Reilly (P)2005 Crispycat Recordings


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Cloudland Blue Quartet Edinburgh, UK

Initially influenced by Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" and The Velvet Underground's debut, David Reilly, aka Cloudland Blue Quartet, started musicking in 1977, creating drones by using sellotape on the keys of his dad's Bontempi Organ. The subsequent junk shop purchase of an old electric guitar & fuzzbox, followed by the acquisition of a 2nd hand Beatles songbook, led him into songwriting... ... more

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