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Apollinaire's Bird

Apollinaire's Bird

Concerto for oboe and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: oboe and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
The poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire, a significant figure in the avantgarde movements of the early 20th century and soldier in the First World War, has a special quality of bringing the strange and the ordinary together. Apollinaire’s Bird takes as its basis the poem Un oiseau chante [A bird sings], which contrasts the realities of war with hearing a single bird singing. The solo oboe sings the song of the bird: the single voice that transports the mind of the soldier beyond the grim situation of the trenches. To begin, the orchestra evokes the blackness of the landscape with searing high notes that cut through the texture, but, in dialogue with the oboe, it too draws us elsewhere, away from this world, to a world that is never far away. John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Hallé
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 10. April 2014 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall (UK) · Stéphane Rancourt, oboe · Dirigent: Mark Elder · The Hallé
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: pic.2.2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.3perc(2b.d, 2s.d, 4tom-t, xyl, sizz cym, vibraslap, h.h, tam-t, medium bng [damped], bell-plate, slit-drum, 2cong, large tempbl, crots, hand-bells [B and C#], glsp, cabasa, large Swiss cow-bell)-hp.pno(cel)-str
The poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire, a significant figure in the avantgarde movements of the early 20th century and soldier in the First World War, has a special quality of bringing the strange and the ordinary together. Apollinaire’s Bird takes as its basis the poem Un oiseau chante [A bird sings], which contrasts the realities of war with hearing a single bird singing. The solo oboe sings the song of the bird: the single voice that transports the mind of the soldier beyond the grim situation of the trenches. To begin, the orchestra evokes the blackness of the landscape with searing high notes that cut through the texture, but, in dialogue with the oboe, it too draws us elsewhere, away from this world, to a world that is never far away. John Casken
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Hallé
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 10. April 2014 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall (UK) · Stéphane Rancourt, oboe · Dirigent: Mark Elder · The Hallé
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: pic.2.2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.3perc(2b.d, 2s.d, 4tom-t, xyl, sizz cym, vibraslap, h.h, tam-t, medium bng [damped], bell-plate, slit-drum, 2cong, large tempbl, crots, hand-bells [B and C#], glsp, cabasa, large Swiss cow-bell)-hp.pno(cel)-str
Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2016-04-08 | Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2016-04-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), The Bridgewater Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2014-04-10 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Bridgewater Hall | World Premiere