Composed: (2011, orchestrated 2021)
Orchestration: 2 flutes (1st=piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (2nd=bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (bass drum, chimes, marimba, snare drum, tom-tom, xylophone), and strings
About this Piece
Nautlius (2011, orchestrated 2021) was written as sort of call to arms (for myself!) and was one of the first tracks I wrote when I started to work in electronics alongside my acoustic or orchestral writing. This shift was my way to reclaim some power over my writing, making albums where I would be in complete control. It’s a lovely full circle for this piece to now be rearranged back to an orchestral form.
I came up with the rising line whilst stomping along a beach in Scotland and experimenting with placing my steps across different parts of the material to create the shift in feel you hear roughly two thirds in. —Anna Meredith