Elaine Agnew


Type of Work: Orchestra
Instrumentation: String orchestra
Length: 6 minutes
Commissioned by: Irish Chamber Orchestra
Premiere: 16 September 2010, Iontas Theatre, Castleblaney.
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Recording: Irish Chamber Orchestra ‘Night Moves’ (ICO label)


Twilight, an atmospheric quiet piece commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, explores the orchestra’s rich string sonority, evoking a time of meditation, unassuming and still, in the quiet time after sunset and before sunrise.  The piece opens as it closes, a series of delicate pulsing chords framing a flowing central section reflecting the soft glowing light from the sky.   A solo violin line is echoed by a solo cello refrain in the last few bars, as the sun hovers just below the horizon.

Twilight was premiered during the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s 2010 Irish Autumn Tour and was recently released on the new Irish Chamber Orchestra CD Night Moves, along with an earlier commission The Moon.  Twilight was recently performed in the University Concert Hall Limerick with Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro and will be performed by the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra in Manchester with Irish conductor Sinead Hayes.


Performed by:
Irish Chamber Orchestra