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Maharal Dreaming

Maharal Dreaming

Fantasy based on material from the opera "Golem"

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: Orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
Maharal Dreaming is an orchestral fantasy based on musical ideas from my opera Golem, but also including new material. Hence, the work could be heard as an introduction to the opera but is entirely separate from it. The Maharal, a Rabbi, creates a huge man from clay, the golem, through the power of the Kabbalah. He is intended to protect the innocent and root out evil, but the golem turns on the community. In writing the piece, I had in mind some of the dreams the Maharal might have had before he took the momentous step to create the man of clay. John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Northern Sinfonia for their 1988-89 season with funds provided by Northern Arts and the Arts Council of Great Britain
Performance duration: 12'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. Mai 1989 Darlington, Town Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Ronald Zollman · Northern Sinfonia
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: 2(1.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2-2.2.0.0-1perc(2bng, b.d, 2tam-t, 3tom-t, clav, wdbl, vib, xyl)-str(8.6.4.3.2)
Performances
Conductor: Robert Guy
Orchestra: Manchester University Symphony Orchestra
2020-03-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Martin Harris Centre — 19.30
Conductor: Mario Venzago
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-04-25 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), The Sage Gateshead — 19:30
Conductor: Mario Venzago
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-04-24 | Middlesbrough (United Kingdom), Middlesbrough Town Hall — 19:45
Conductor: Baldur Bronnimann
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
2003-11-13 | Newcastle (United Kingdom), All Saints, Quayside
Conductor: Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1998-08-05 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall
1994-02-24 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Manchester University
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
1991-09-01 | (Switzerland)
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1989-05-12 | (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Ronald Zollman
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1989-05-12 | Darlington (United Kingdom), Town Hall | World Premiere
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1989-04-13 | (United Kingdom)
Sound Clips
Casken · Maharal Dreaming for orchestra · sound clip
Maharal Dreaming is an orchestral fantasy based on musical ideas from my opera Golem, but also including new material. Hence, the work could be heard as an introduction to the opera but is entirely separate from it. The Maharal, a Rabbi, creates a huge man from clay, the golem, through the power of the Kabbalah. He is intended to protect the innocent and root out evil, but the golem turns on the community. In writing the piece, I had in mind some of the dreams the Maharal might have had before he took the momentous step to create the man of clay. John Casken
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Northern Sinfonia for their 1988-89 season with funds provided by Northern Arts and the Arts Council of Great Britain
Performance duration: 12'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. Mai 1989 Darlington, Town Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Ronald Zollman · Northern Sinfonia
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: 2(1.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2-2.2.0.0-1perc(2bng, b.d, 2tam-t, 3tom-t, clav, wdbl, vib, xyl)-str(8.6.4.3.2)
Conductor: Robert Guy
Orchestra: Manchester University Symphony Orchestra
2020-03-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Martin Harris Centre — 19.30
Conductor: Mario Venzago
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-04-25 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), The Sage Gateshead — 19:30
Conductor: Mario Venzago
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-04-24 | Middlesbrough (United Kingdom), Middlesbrough Town Hall — 19:45
Conductor: Baldur Bronnimann
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
2003-11-13 | Newcastle (United Kingdom), All Saints, Quayside
Conductor: Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1998-08-05 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall
1994-02-24 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Manchester University
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
1991-09-01 | (Switzerland)
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1989-05-12 | (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Ronald Zollman
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1989-05-12 | Darlington (United Kingdom), Town Hall | World Premiere
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
1989-04-13 | (United Kingdom)
Casken · Maharal Dreaming for orchestra · sound clip
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