A new work: Muriel Spark 100

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"Although most of my life has been devoted to fiction, I have always thought of myself as a poet.  I do not write poetic prose, but feel that my outlook on life and my perceptions of events are those of a poet.  Whether in prose or verse, all creative writing is mysteriously connected with music and I always hope this factor is apparent throughout my work."

-Muriel Spark

Now that my solo albums are almost complete, I'm enjoying being able to be more fully immersed in my next creative project: writing a new work for violin and string quartet inspired by a selection of Muriel Spark's poetry.  I'm currently reading through Spark's poems, combing through my folder of musical sketches, fragments and ideas, getting reacquainted with my violins... and just seeing where that takes me.  

This project is supported by Creative Scotland’s Muriel Spark 100 fund as part of the centenary celebrations for Dame Muriel Spark, one of Scotland’s finest and most internationally respected writers.  I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be working with the wonderful Brodick Quartet, an ensemble comprised of four of Scotland’s most outstanding young string players!  We'll be premiering the work at the Scottish Poetry Library on the 14th November.



Jessica Danz