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Last Door of Light

Last Door of Light

for chamber orchestra


  • Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
Peter Maxwell Davies was thinking of individual and communal vulnerability when composing this piece, especially in relation to the problem of climate change and his home in the Orkney Islands, which is under threat from rising sea levels. However, this theme is not a completely negative one: Davies claims we must all enter the last door of light but the journey is full of light and joy. The melody at the start of the work, which Davies composed in the ‘70’s and never used, could be an Island folk melody and is subject to constant transformation throughout the piece before reaching apotheosis at the end.
Details
Auftragswerk : Jointly commissioned by the Carinthian Summer Festival and The Gesellschaft der Freunde der Camerata Salzburg
Opus: op. 293
Performance duration: 20'0"
Pressestimme : Climate - Climate Change
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 23. Juli 2008 Ossiach, Stiftskirche (A) Carinthischer Sommer 2008 · Dirigent: Peter Maxwell Davies · Camerata Salzburg
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: 1.2.0.2-2.2.0.0-timp-str(7.6.5.4.3)
Performances
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-10-15 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 14:00
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2014-09-14 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), City Halls — 17:00
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Orchestra: Southbank Sinfonia
2014-04-03 | London (United Kingdom), St John’s Waterloo — 18:00
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2013-05-10 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 20:00
Conductor: Steven Joyce
Orchestra: City Side Sinfonia
2010-01-08 | London (United Kingdom), St. John\'s Smith Square — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra: Radio Kamer Filharmonie
2009-12-04 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Grote Zaal — 20.15 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2009-10-25 | Salzburg (Austria), Mozarteum Großer Saal — 11.00 h
Conductor: Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2009-10-23 | Salzburg (Austria), Mozarteum Großer Saal — 19.30 h
Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2008-07-23 | Ossiach (Austria), Stiftskirche — 20.00 Uhr | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Maxwell Davies · Last Door of Light for chamber orchestra - Intermusica interview with Sandy Burnett (July 2008 - 2' 08'')
Peter Maxwell Davies was thinking of individual and communal vulnerability when composing this piece, especially in relation to the problem of climate change and his home in the Orkney Islands, which is under threat from rising sea levels. However, this theme is not a completely negative one: Davies claims we must all enter the last door of light but the journey is full of light and joy. The melody at the start of the work, which Davies composed in the ‘70’s and never used, could be an Island folk melody and is subject to constant transformation throughout the piece before reaching apotheosis at the end.
Auftragswerk : Jointly commissioned by the Carinthian Summer Festival and The Gesellschaft der Freunde der Camerata Salzburg
Opus: op. 293
Performance duration: 20'0"
Pressestimme : Climate - Climate Change
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 23. Juli 2008 Ossiach, Stiftskirche (A) Carinthischer Sommer 2008 · Dirigent: Peter Maxwell Davies · Camerata Salzburg
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: 1.2.0.2-2.2.0.0-timp-str(7.6.5.4.3)
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-10-15 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 14:00
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2014-09-14 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), City Halls — 17:00
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Orchestra: Southbank Sinfonia
2014-04-03 | London (United Kingdom), St John’s Waterloo — 18:00
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2013-05-10 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 20:00
Conductor: Steven Joyce
Orchestra: City Side Sinfonia
2010-01-08 | London (United Kingdom), St. John\'s Smith Square — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra: Radio Kamer Filharmonie
2009-12-04 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Grote Zaal — 20.15 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2009-10-25 | Salzburg (Austria), Mozarteum Großer Saal — 11.00 h
Conductor: Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2009-10-23 | Salzburg (Austria), Mozarteum Großer Saal — 19.30 h
Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2008-07-23 | Ossiach (Austria), Stiftskirche — 20.00 Uhr | World Premiere
Maxwell Davies · Last Door of Light for chamber orchestra - Intermusica interview with Sandy Burnett (July 2008 - 2' 08'')
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