Weyland Air is in essence an exploration of the qualities of light. The concept and shape for the piece came from a trip to the Orkney Islands in June 2009, far enough north that at midsummer the sky never quite becomes fully dark, and the sun seems to hover just below the horizon before rising again. The unique colour and quality of this long dusk and the interplay of the light with the sea and the clouds was something that I tried to capture in the work – though by the time it was complete, I had come to the conclusion that it was an impossible task to attempt. Nonetheless, the music which resulted holds at least hints and suggestions of that particular time, place and experience. The title is also associated with these ideas, being taken from Weyland Bay, a little way to the East of Kirkwall, where some of the ideas in the piece were first sketched. The 'Air' of the title is presented most clearly by the clarinet and bass during a scherzando section around two-thirds of the way though the piece, though elements of it are dispersed throughout.

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