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Amarantos

Amarantos

for nine players


  • Instrumentation: 9 players
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
The Greek word ’amarantos’ means ‘everlasting’ or ‘unfading’, and the title was suggested by the amaranthine flowers in E.E.Cummings’ sonnet ’this is the garden’, where the flowers stand ’enraptured’ when, ’in other lands … and on Death’s blade lie many a flower curled’. Another important image is that of ’pursed lips [blowing] upon cool flutes within wide glooms’, a remarkable idea that was responsible for the work’s coda in which the alto flute plays a prominent role.
John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the BBC
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. Dezember 1978 London, King's College (UK) · Dirigent: Peter Eötvös · London Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 1977-1978
instrumentation: 1(afl).1.1(bcl).0-1.1.0.0-perc(2bng, b.d, tam-t, 3tom-t, mar)-pno-va.vc
Performances
Conductor: Jeremy Haladyna
2006-03-16 | Santa Barbara, CA (United States of America), University of California
Conductor: Clark Rundell
2003-05-29 | Hope at Everton, Liverpool (United Kingdom), The Cornerstone
Conductor: David Porcelijn
Orchestra: Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest
1996-11-17 | Haarlem (Netherlands), Concertgebouw
Orchestra: University of Manchester Students
1986-10-01 | Manchester (United Kingdom)
Orchestra: University of Keele Students
1986-05-01 | Keele (United Kingdom)
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1980-05-01 | London (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1978-12-12 | London (United Kingdom), King's College | World Premiere
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1978-12-01 | London (United Kingdom)
Sound Clips
Casken · Amarantos for nine players · sound clip
Audio Stream
The Greek word ’amarantos’ means ‘everlasting’ or ‘unfading’, and the title was suggested by the amaranthine flowers in E.E.Cummings’ sonnet ’this is the garden’, where the flowers stand ’enraptured’ when, ’in other lands … and on Death’s blade lie many a flower curled’. Another important image is that of ’pursed lips [blowing] upon cool flutes within wide glooms’, a remarkable idea that was responsible for the work’s coda in which the alto flute plays a prominent role.
John Casken
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the BBC
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. Dezember 1978 London, King's College (UK) · Dirigent: Peter Eötvös · London Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 1977-1978
instrumentation: 1(afl).1.1(bcl).0-1.1.0.0-perc(2bng, b.d, tam-t, 3tom-t, mar)-pno-va.vc
Conductor: Jeremy Haladyna
2006-03-16 | Santa Barbara, CA (United States of America), University of California
Conductor: Clark Rundell
2003-05-29 | Hope at Everton, Liverpool (United Kingdom), The Cornerstone
Conductor: David Porcelijn
Orchestra: Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest
1996-11-17 | Haarlem (Netherlands), Concertgebouw
Orchestra: University of Manchester Students
1986-10-01 | Manchester (United Kingdom)
Orchestra: University of Keele Students
1986-05-01 | Keele (United Kingdom)
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1980-05-01 | London (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1978-12-12 | London (United Kingdom), King's College | World Premiere
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1978-12-01 | London (United Kingdom)
Casken · Amarantos for nine players · sound clip
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