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Blue Medusa

Blue Medusa

for bassoon and ensemble


  • Instrumentation: bassoon and ensemble
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description

Blue Medusa was composed in 2003 for bassoon and piano. I subsequently had the idea of making a version for bassoon and small ensemble using the same instruments as for Schubert’s Octet. The work is in one movement and begins with the instruction With an energetic sting. The reason for this can be seen from the following:

Medusa: creature of the sea, beautiful in form and movement, but dangerous to the touch.

Medusa: one of the three Gorgons, her hair a crown of writhing snakes, whose gaze turned men and beasts to stone, and from whose neck sprang the winged horse Pegasus when Perseus cut off her head with a single sweep of his sword.

Blue Medusa: a creation, aquamarine, with an energetic sting; a creation, nearing the surface, winging upwards.

John Casken 2008

Details
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 25. Januar 2008 Manchester, The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester (UK) John Casken Tribute Day · University of Manchester New Music Ensemble; Lorna Tyack, bassoon · Dirigent: John Casken
Year of composition: 2002, rev. 2007
instrumentation: cl-hn-str(1.1.1.1.1)
Performances
2014-05-25 | London (United Kingdom), The Forge, Camden — 15:00
2014-03-03 | London (United Kingdom), Mansfield Street — 19:00
2009-06-02 | London (United Kingdom), Trinity College of Music
2009-03-12 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Overseas League Hall
2008-06-19 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Church, Waterloo — 18.00 h
Conductor: John Casken
2008-01-25 | Manchester (United Kingdom), The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester — 13.10 h | World Premiere
2004-11-14 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), St. Catherine\'s College Chapel
2004-07-22 | London (United Kingdom), Lecture Theatre, V&A Museum — 18.00 h
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Blue Medusa was composed in 2003 for bassoon and piano. I subsequently had the idea of making a version for bassoon and small ensemble using the same instruments as for Schubert’s Octet. The work is in one movement and begins with the instruction With an energetic sting. The reason for this can be seen from the following:

Medusa: creature of the sea, beautiful in form and movement, but dangerous to the touch.

Medusa: one of the three Gorgons, her hair a crown of writhing snakes, whose gaze turned men and beasts to stone, and from whose neck sprang the winged horse Pegasus when Perseus cut off her head with a single sweep of his sword.

Blue Medusa: a creation, aquamarine, with an energetic sting; a creation, nearing the surface, winging upwards.

John Casken 2008

Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 25. Januar 2008 Manchester, The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester (UK) John Casken Tribute Day · University of Manchester New Music Ensemble; Lorna Tyack, bassoon · Dirigent: John Casken
Year of composition: 2002, rev. 2007
instrumentation: cl-hn-str(1.1.1.1.1)
2014-05-25 | London (United Kingdom), The Forge, Camden — 15:00
2014-03-03 | London (United Kingdom), Mansfield Street — 19:00
2009-06-02 | London (United Kingdom), Trinity College of Music
2009-03-12 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Overseas League Hall
2008-06-19 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Church, Waterloo — 18.00 h
Conductor: John Casken
2008-01-25 | Manchester (United Kingdom), The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester — 13.10 h | World Premiere
2004-11-14 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), St. Catherine\'s College Chapel
2004-07-22 | London (United Kingdom), Lecture Theatre, V&A Museum — 18.00 h
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