- piano and chamber ensemble of 10 players
- Mixed Chamber Ensemble, Solo Instrument with Ensemble, Piano
- cl.bsax – tpt.trbn.tuba – perc(1): timp/crot/3 rototoms/5 tuned tpl.bl/2 wood drum/log drum/talking drum/wood chimes/hi-hat/tam-t/anvil/pedal BD/2 stones/foam – pno – 3 vln.db (all string instruments and clarinet need amplification, bass requires a contact microphone)
Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern with financial assistance from the Arts Council of England and the following Sound Investors through the BCMG Sound Investment scheme:
Kiaran Asthana John and Caroline Harding Black Blumarine Blugirl Dresses Blumarine Short Black Dresses Blugirl Short Lawrence Bacon and Jean Scott (in recognition of the work of BCMG) (in celebration of the birth of Lucy) Jim Hawkins John Buckby Dennis Jones Sally Carewe Michael Squires Peter Fell Gabrielle Stanley and Christopher Walsh Anne and David Fisk Anne Thompson Osvaldo Golijov Bart Veer John and Sarah Goodband Alan Woodfield Nigel Goulty Philippa Wright
- First Performance
- Dresses Blumarine Short Short Dresses Blugirl Blumarine Black Black Blugirl 28.10.1997, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, UK: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Thomas Adès
Score and parts for hire
- Programme Notes
The work is scored for solo piano and an ensemble of ten players, comprising clarinet, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, 3 violins and double bass. It is in two movements. The first was originally entitled Study for a Coda, and casts the pianist in the deliberately restricted role of musical director, with a semi-soloistic continuo part. The soloist is released, and claims centre stage, at the beginning of the second movement. This has two parts: firstly, a slow ciacconetta, which runs through six divisions upon a seven-bar chord sequence announced by the piano; secondly, a fast brawl in a tonality discovered by an unexpected resolution of the last cycle of the ciacconetta. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes the mediaeval English dance which this section might evoke (from the French branle) as a form of round-dance: “the linked dancers. . . face inwards to the centre of an arc, or a full circle, moving sideways to the left and the right”.
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