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Madonna of Silence

Madonna of Silence

a drama for trombone and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: trombone and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
Madonna of Silence is far from the quiet piece implied by the title. Indeed, it reflects the inner turbulence of Michelangelo’s extraordinary drawing Madonna del Silenzio on which the work is based. Michelangelo’s drawing has informed every aspect of my new work, which I have decided not to call trombone concerto, but a drama for trombone and orchestra. The trombone takes on many roles: at the start it represents the quiet, inner voice of the Madonna as she gazes in contemplation at the child, later singing a hymn and, towards the end of the work, lamentations. Both soloist and orchestra are equally engaged in the unfolding drama of a scene brimming with unease and premonitions. John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Hallé Concerts Society
Content text: I The Madonna in Contemplation
II Premonitions
III The Madonna's Hymn
IV Joseph the Witness
V The Distant Figure
VI The Wounded Child, The Tortured Child, The Fallen Child
VII The Madonna's Lamentations
VIII The Empty Hour-glass
Performance duration: 24'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2017-2018
instrumentation: 0.2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.0.0.0-timp.3perc(mar, vib, crot, tub bells, tam-t, lg Javanese gong, Chinese cym, sizzle cymbal, tuned gong, bell plate, cowbell, Japanese singling bowl, 2 bongos, s.d., b.d., hi-hat, wdblks, rain stick, shaker, guiro, frusta)-str
Performances
Conductor: Jamie Phillips
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2019-02-28 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Bridgewater Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere
Madonna of Silence is far from the quiet piece implied by the title. Indeed, it reflects the inner turbulence of Michelangelo’s extraordinary drawing Madonna del Silenzio on which the work is based. Michelangelo’s drawing has informed every aspect of my new work, which I have decided not to call trombone concerto, but a drama for trombone and orchestra. The trombone takes on many roles: at the start it represents the quiet, inner voice of the Madonna as she gazes in contemplation at the child, later singing a hymn and, towards the end of the work, lamentations. Both soloist and orchestra are equally engaged in the unfolding drama of a scene brimming with unease and premonitions. John Casken
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Hallé Concerts Society
Content text: I The Madonna in Contemplation
II Premonitions
III The Madonna's Hymn
IV Joseph the Witness
V The Distant Figure
VI The Wounded Child, The Tortured Child, The Fallen Child
VII The Madonna's Lamentations
VIII The Empty Hour-glass
Performance duration: 24'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2017-2018
instrumentation: 0.2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.0.0.0-timp.3perc(mar, vib, crot, tub bells, tam-t, lg Javanese gong, Chinese cym, sizzle cymbal, tuned gong, bell plate, cowbell, Japanese singling bowl, 2 bongos, s.d., b.d., hi-hat, wdblks, rain stick, shaker, guiro, frusta)-str
Conductor: Jamie Phillips
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2019-02-28 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Bridgewater Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere