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Never give up

Never give up

Concerto for violoncello and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: cello and orchestra

 
description
As he did in his Gezi Park series, Fazıl Say makes reference to current political events in his new cello concerto. According to the composer, Never give up is an ‘outcry for freedom and peace’, focusing on the ‘harrowing terror attacks in Europe and Turkey’. (Say)

This is most evident in the central movement: harsh note repetitions on the percussion alternate with screaming glissandos in the woodwind – passages marked with the performance instructions ‘Kalaschnikov’ and ‘like a scream’ in the score. Nevertheless, the work concludes on a hopeful note with traditional Turkish rhythms accompanied by peaceful birdsong and the sound of waves in the strings.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Bernard Magrez Institut Culturel
Opus: op. 73
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2 · 2 · 2 · 2 - 2 · 2 · 0 · 0 - S. (Tamb. · 2 Bong. [h./t.] · 3 Tomt. [h./m./t.] · Rührtr. · 2 Cong. [h./t.] · 4 Woodbl. [sehr h./h./m./t.] · Ocean wave) (2 Spieler) - Str.
Performances
Conductor: Douglas Boyd
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
2018-04-03 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées — 20:00 | World Premiere
As he did in his Gezi Park series, Fazıl Say makes reference to current political events in his new cello concerto. According to the composer, Never give up is an ‘outcry for freedom and peace’, focusing on the ‘harrowing terror attacks in Europe and Turkey’. (Say)

This is most evident in the central movement: harsh note repetitions on the percussion alternate with screaming glissandos in the woodwind – passages marked with the performance instructions ‘Kalaschnikov’ and ‘like a scream’ in the score. Nevertheless, the work concludes on a hopeful note with traditional Turkish rhythms accompanied by peaceful birdsong and the sound of waves in the strings.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Bernard Magrez Institut Culturel
Opus: op. 73
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2 · 2 · 2 · 2 - 2 · 2 · 0 · 0 - S. (Tamb. · 2 Bong. [h./t.] · 3 Tomt. [h./m./t.] · Rührtr. · 2 Cong. [h./t.] · 4 Woodbl. [sehr h./h./m./t.] · Ocean wave) (2 Spieler) - Str.
Conductor: Douglas Boyd
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
2018-04-03 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées — 20:00 | World Premiere