In the early stages of planning Water Mirrors I took a solo road trip down the East coast of Australia, and spent a lot of time marveling at the reflective, mirror-like qualities of the large, still bodies of water that lay beside the road in a particular part of my travels. When I returned home I began researching the concept further and found a collection of poems that shared the same title, written by an Australian poet- Nicholas Powell (who is now based in Finland).
The poems feature references to water, and Australian & Finnish landscapes. The poet often draws upon subtle musical analogies to describe these settings. The poems in the collection are quite contrasting - some poems are very intimate and introspective; while other poems are more playful and humorous. Each movement of the piece takes influence from a certain poem within the collection.
The piece is scored for:
- 9 violins
- 4 violas
- 4 cellos
- 2 double basses
Australian composer Nicole Murphy is the recipient of various awards, including the Theodore Front International Orchestral Prize (2013), the Definiens C3 International Composer’s Award (2011), the Alan Lane Award for Composition (2004), the Collusion/QCGU Composition Prize (2004), and the A.G. Francis Prize for Composition (2001). For the past decade Nicole has been presenting creative composition workshops and residencies in schools and communities throughout Australia, both independently and as a Composer-in-Residence for Musica Viva. Symphony Number One performed Nicole Murphy's Water Mirrors at Grace and St. Peter's Church in Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8:00p & Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3:00p.