Seven Rocks

I did not know the work of Norman Nicholson before I embarked on ‘Seven Rocks’, my interpretation - for string trio or string quartet - of his suite of poems on the landscape that he knew and loved.  Naturally, the first step was to read and get to know his work, not in an overly analytical way, but rather to get an idea of the essence of his voice and his spirit as a person.  Nicholson makes the ordinary vivid and beautiful through a poetics of description. He draws our attention to the inherent beauty that is around us in a warm and considered way that doesn’t shy from literal representation and straightforward language. The fact that this set of poems is in the order of their geological formation appeals to me, there is something honest about that.

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