Vic Hoyland

The Other Side of the Air

for piano

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3, Pebble Mill

11’ 00” duration 1991
NMC CD Rolf Hind

1st Performance

April 1991, Birmingham, BBC Pebble Mill, Rolf Hind

Rolf played this very difficult work many times; it really is his piece. He even titled the work!


The 1st performance at Pebble Mill – Hind proved to be an effervescent, impassioned performer whose strong technique and obvious clarity of perception reinforced an authoritative impression.

The new Hoyland work is an extended and adventurous piano solo of clear significance and considerable communicative contrast.

The work develops through changing perceptions in such a way as to produce a dramatic central climax followed by a gradual, much more concordant, unwinding, based a common line heard in the middle register each time: exciting, original and impressive music.

Stephen Daw, Birmingham Post

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