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Disguises

Disguises

Suite for string orchestra

Revised and edited by Paul Mann (2013)


  • Instrumentation: string orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
These portraits of three people were chosen in some way for their similarities as well as their contrasts.
In the 1st movement a famous composer who was a seminal influence on my musical life; in the 2nd movement, my late mother who, when she died, left me, among countless wonderful memories, the little 6 note theme that appears throughout "Music for Miriam";
in the 3rd movement, an old friend, who brings me occasional benign madness and hilarity when I most need it, and whose joviality disguises a certain wistfulness.
I decided, upon completion of the work, that I wanted to dedicate it to the subject of the first movement, Sir Malcolm Arnold and I received the following email from Antony Day on the 20th September 2006:
"Sir Malcolm is delighted you are honouring him in this way and wishes you every success with the new piece. He looks forward to hearing it."
Thus, the above dedication.
Four days later came the sad news of his passing, and a few days after that I heard from Sir Malcolm's manager, Fiona Southey, who wrote: "The concept for your piece (........) is made especially poignant in that MA was aware of what you had in mind and only to delighted to sanction your request to also dedicate the entire work to him. I do know that he was really very happy with the thought."
RIP Sir Malcolm, and thank you.
Jon Lord

October 2006
Details
Content text: I M.A.s.q.u.e.: Poco adagio · Allegro moderato e poco pesante
II Music for Miriam: Adagio - III Il Buffone (G.C.): Allegro vivace
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Enterprise GmbH
Subtitle: Suite for string orchestra
Uraufführung : 23. Mai 2004 Bergen, Korskirken (N) Bergen Music Festival 2004 · Dirigent: Jon Lord · TrondheimSolistene
Year of composition: 2003
These portraits of three people were chosen in some way for their similarities as well as their contrasts.
In the 1st movement a famous composer who was a seminal influence on my musical life; in the 2nd movement, my late mother who, when she died, left me, among countless wonderful memories, the little 6 note theme that appears throughout "Music for Miriam";
in the 3rd movement, an old friend, who brings me occasional benign madness and hilarity when I most need it, and whose joviality disguises a certain wistfulness.
I decided, upon completion of the work, that I wanted to dedicate it to the subject of the first movement, Sir Malcolm Arnold and I received the following email from Antony Day on the 20th September 2006:
"Sir Malcolm is delighted you are honouring him in this way and wishes you every success with the new piece. He looks forward to hearing it."
Thus, the above dedication.
Four days later came the sad news of his passing, and a few days after that I heard from Sir Malcolm's manager, Fiona Southey, who wrote: "The concept for your piece (........) is made especially poignant in that MA was aware of what you had in mind and only to delighted to sanction your request to also dedicate the entire work to him. I do know that he was really very happy with the thought."
RIP Sir Malcolm, and thank you.
Jon Lord

October 2006
Content text: I M.A.s.q.u.e.: Poco adagio · Allegro moderato e poco pesante
II Music for Miriam: Adagio - III Il Buffone (G.C.): Allegro vivace
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Enterprise GmbH
Subtitle: Suite for string orchestra
Uraufführung : 23. Mai 2004 Bergen, Korskirken (N) Bergen Music Festival 2004 · Dirigent: Jon Lord · TrondheimSolistene
Year of composition: 2003
Conductor: Eric Solén
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen
2012-04-24 | Hagen (Germany), Stadthalle — 20.00 h
Conductor: Paul Mann
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2007-10-07 | Northampton (United Kingdom), Derngate Theatre
Conductor: Torod Wigum
Orchestra: TrondheimSolistene
2007-07-01 | Hell n. Trondheim (Norway), Hell City Arena
Conductor: Jon Lord
Orchestra: TrondheimSolistene
2004-05-23 | Bergen (Norway), Korskirken
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