Leaving St. Kilda

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David Heyes writes: "For over two thousand years man lived on St. Kilda, one of Britain's most spectacular and bleak offshore islands. The islanders were crofters, but were cut off from the mainland for much of their history, maintaining a lifestyle which was unchanged for generations.

On 29 August 1930 the remaining 36 inhabitants of St. Kilda left the island for the last time. Their way of life was no longer possible with such a small population and their isolation, once the fascination of an outside world, proved untenable in the early years of the 20th-century.

'Leaving St. Kilda' imagines the final day on the island as the few inhabitants packed their few belongings and boarded the SS Dunara Castle on their journey to the mainland. As dawn breaks over Hirta the villages begin to stir and memories and flashbacks of a time long-gone inhabit their thoughts as the day begins. Images of working together to herd sheep and harvest the largest fulmar colony in Britain, in preparation for the long and harsh winter, or the meetings and celebrations when times were easier and happier.

As the ship leaves the harbour the St. Kildans fall silent as the island slowly fades from view. An imaginary and heartbreaking lament can be heard, although no words are spoken, and their hearts are breaking but they remain silent and still. The music gradually fades away until the island is lost into the mists of time."

'Leaving St. Kilda' is dedicated to Lewis Tingey who gave its premiere at the Royal College of Music (London) on Tuesday 2 June 2015. Lewis Tingey writes "Hey David the premiere went well. The audience and the panel loved the piece."

David Heyes studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish and later at the Royal College of Music in London. He completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with Frantisek Posta (Principal Double Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 13 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, twice as chairman.

David has been Specialist Double Bass Tutor at Wells Cathedral School for 17 years and received a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher and commissioner of new music for double bass. He works with composers throughout the world and is particularly interested to expand the double bass repertoire, by commissioning new works and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Over the past 30 years he has commissioned more than 500 works, from beginner to virtuoso, and from one to twenty basses.

David has transcribed more than 200 works for double bass, many published by Recital Music, and in recent year has also composed a number of original works for double bass which have been performed in Britain, America and Czech Republic. David is self-taught as a composer and his music has been described as lyrical and accessible, but certainly of the 21st-century.

See http://contrabassconversations.com/2016/10/24/264-david-heyes-leaving-legacy/

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Cat No. RM779
Supplier Code RM779
Price £6.50
ComposerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-779-3
EAN-13 9790570457793
Weight 78 grams
Published 10th July 2015
Availability 9 in stock
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