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Durham Concerto

Durham Concerto

for violin, violoncello, Northumbrian pipes, Hammond organ and orchestra

Final revised edition by Paul Mann (2017)


  • Instrumentation: violin, cello, Northumbrian pipes, Hammond-organ and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
The general inspiration for the music was an idea of Durham, garnered from two or three short visits and a reading of a short history – so a sort of “Durham of the mind”, a stylized Durham; ‘my’ Durham, if you will, imagined into music. However, the defining inspiration for the piece was the Cathedral. 

My first visit to Durham in 2001 saw me standing open-mouthed on Palace Green, and then in silent awe as I walked into that formidable magnificence inside. Most of the themes came from the days immediately following my first experience of this extraordinary, inspiring building. The feeling that the very stones and pillars themselves are imbued with centuries of prayer, with people’s joy, grief, despair, even anger; gratitude and hope. As the tunes and chords and sounds started to organize themselves in my mind and onto manuscript paper, I realized that I was writing a sort of “day in the life of Durham”, and that the Cathedral would be its beginning, would be in its middle, and would be at its ending. 

The piece consists of six ‘pictures’ arranged into three parts – the morning, afternoon and evening of this imaginary Durham city. 

Jon Lord, 2017
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the University of Durham
Content text: Part 1: Morning
I The Cathedral at Dawn
II Durham Awakes
Part 2: Afternoon
I The Road from Lindisfarne
II From Prebends Bridge
Part 3: Evening
I Rags and Galas
II Nocturne
Performance duration: 57'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2007, rev. 2017
instrumentation: 3 (3. auch Picc.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · Es-Klar. · 2 · Bassklar. · 2 · Kfg. - 4 · 3 (1. auch Flhr. ad lib., 3. auch Piccolotr.) · 3 · 1 - P. S. (Glsp. · Xyl. · Marimb. · Röhrengl. · Trgl. · Schlittengl. · häng. Beck. · Beckenpaar · Tamt. · Schellentr. · Tomt. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Woodbl.) (5 Spieler) - Cel. · Hfe. (ad lib.2) - Str. (16 · 14 · 12 · 10 · 8 - Minimum: 14 · 12 · 10 · 8 · 6)
Performances
Conductor: Paul Mann
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen
2015-05-19 | Hagen (Germany), Stadthalle | World Premiere (Revision)
Conductor: Mischa Damev
2007-10-20 | Durham (United Kingdom), Cathedral | World Premiere
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The general inspiration for the music was an idea of Durham, garnered from two or three short visits and a reading of a short history – so a sort of “Durham of the mind”, a stylized Durham; ‘my’ Durham, if you will, imagined into music. However, the defining inspiration for the piece was the Cathedral. 

My first visit to Durham in 2001 saw me standing open-mouthed on Palace Green, and then in silent awe as I walked into that formidable magnificence inside. Most of the themes came from the days immediately following my first experience of this extraordinary, inspiring building. The feeling that the very stones and pillars themselves are imbued with centuries of prayer, with people’s joy, grief, despair, even anger; gratitude and hope. As the tunes and chords and sounds started to organize themselves in my mind and onto manuscript paper, I realized that I was writing a sort of “day in the life of Durham”, and that the Cathedral would be its beginning, would be in its middle, and would be at its ending. 

The piece consists of six ‘pictures’ arranged into three parts – the morning, afternoon and evening of this imaginary Durham city. 

Jon Lord, 2017
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the University of Durham
Content text: Part 1: Morning
I The Cathedral at Dawn
II Durham Awakes
Part 2: Afternoon
I The Road from Lindisfarne
II From Prebends Bridge
Part 3: Evening
I Rags and Galas
II Nocturne
Performance duration: 57'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2007, rev. 2017
instrumentation: 3 (3. auch Picc.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · Es-Klar. · 2 · Bassklar. · 2 · Kfg. - 4 · 3 (1. auch Flhr. ad lib., 3. auch Piccolotr.) · 3 · 1 - P. S. (Glsp. · Xyl. · Marimb. · Röhrengl. · Trgl. · Schlittengl. · häng. Beck. · Beckenpaar · Tamt. · Schellentr. · Tomt. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Woodbl.) (5 Spieler) - Cel. · Hfe. (ad lib.2) - Str. (16 · 14 · 12 · 10 · 8 - Minimum: 14 · 12 · 10 · 8 · 6)
Conductor: Paul Mann
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen
2015-05-19 | Hagen (Germany), Stadthalle | World Premiere (Revision)
Conductor: Mischa Damev
2007-10-20 | Durham (United Kingdom), Cathedral | World Premiere