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‘You Could Hear the Olive Trees Groan’, a new work for clarinet and piano being specially written for classical clarinetist Margaret Archibald, is inspired by themes of re-growth and re-birth, and in particular by a lithograph from Colorado artist Richard Mello, which pictures a gnarled olive tree that has endured all kinds of extreme cold weather...and survived! This was exhibited as part of a retrospective exhibition entitled ‘Tension & Transformation’ at the Coburn Gallery in Colorado Springs during the autumn of 2013. Its composition seems to follow an emerging trend in Michael’s music, where the core inspiration is derived from living trees - a life metaphor perhaps? See here for other examples, and here...

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