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New Year Suite

New Year Suite

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
The wildest and most open of his operas, New Year is an extraordinarily youthful conception for a composer in his mid-eighties, a work that spins his lyrical ecstasy and rhythmic vitality into a new world on the point of disintegration. Unlike its four predecessors, all of which had been written for the Royal Opera House, this one was composed for Houston Grand Opera, a relocation that encouraged Tippett to veer from opera to musical, even rock musical, giving space to pop song, spoken dialogue, joke and, above all, dance—the communal movement of bodies that would, as in The Midsummer Marriage but now within a much looser framework, with music say what words could not. Jo Ann and Donny—young woman and young man, white and black, both orphans—cannot join the dance, isolated as they are inside their personal fears and fantasies. And the dance itself is imperilled by social unease in this city that is ‘Somewhere and Today’. To it come visitors from ‘Nowhere and Tomorrow’: the captain (Regan), pilot (Pelegrin) and computer wizard (Merlin) of a space vessel—though these science-fiction characters turn out to be ritual agents (and to have human problems of their own). Donny undergoes a magical transformation; Jo Ann, through love, gains the courage to leave the room in which she has been hiding. (Paul Griffiths)
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony in honour of Herbert Blomstedt through the generosity of Mrs Paul L. Wattis
Content text: I The Space Ship Lands (tape)
II Prelude
III The Shaman Dance
IV The Hunt for the Scapegoat
V Donny's Skarade
VI Donny's Dream
VII Dream Interlude (includes taped voices)
VIII Jo Ann's Dreamsong
IX Love Scene for Jo Ann and Pelegrin
X Paradise Dance
XI The Beating-Out of the Scapegoat (the Bad Old Year)
XII Ringing in the New Year
XIII The Space Ship takes off again (tape)
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 10. Januar 1990 San Francisco, CA, Flint Centre (USA) · Dirigent: Muhai Tang · San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: 3(3pic).2.ca.1(Acl).bcl.asax.tsax.barsax(ssax).2.cbsn-4.2.2.btbn.1-taped effects.5perc(glsp, xyl, vib, tub bells, tri, sus cym, clash cym, crash cym, h.h, tam-t, gong, tamb, s.d, 2tom-t, 2b.d, 2ten d, break drum, slit drum, casts, 2clav, wdbl, rattle, whip)-egtr.bgtr.hp-str(4.4.4.4.2 minimum)
Performances
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
1994-03-02 | Poole (United Kingdom), Wessex Hall
Conductor: Muhai Tang
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
1990-01-10 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Flint Centre | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Tippett · New Year Suite for orchestra, VI Donny's Dream · sound clip
The wildest and most open of his operas, New Year is an extraordinarily youthful conception for a composer in his mid-eighties, a work that spins his lyrical ecstasy and rhythmic vitality into a new world on the point of disintegration. Unlike its four predecessors, all of which had been written for the Royal Opera House, this one was composed for Houston Grand Opera, a relocation that encouraged Tippett to veer from opera to musical, even rock musical, giving space to pop song, spoken dialogue, joke and, above all, dance—the communal movement of bodies that would, as in The Midsummer Marriage but now within a much looser framework, with music say what words could not. Jo Ann and Donny—young woman and young man, white and black, both orphans—cannot join the dance, isolated as they are inside their personal fears and fantasies. And the dance itself is imperilled by social unease in this city that is ‘Somewhere and Today’. To it come visitors from ‘Nowhere and Tomorrow’: the captain (Regan), pilot (Pelegrin) and computer wizard (Merlin) of a space vessel—though these science-fiction characters turn out to be ritual agents (and to have human problems of their own). Donny undergoes a magical transformation; Jo Ann, through love, gains the courage to leave the room in which she has been hiding. (Paul Griffiths)
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony in honour of Herbert Blomstedt through the generosity of Mrs Paul L. Wattis
Content text: I The Space Ship Lands (tape)
II Prelude
III The Shaman Dance
IV The Hunt for the Scapegoat
V Donny's Skarade
VI Donny's Dream
VII Dream Interlude (includes taped voices)
VIII Jo Ann's Dreamsong
IX Love Scene for Jo Ann and Pelegrin
X Paradise Dance
XI The Beating-Out of the Scapegoat (the Bad Old Year)
XII Ringing in the New Year
XIII The Space Ship takes off again (tape)
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 10. Januar 1990 San Francisco, CA, Flint Centre (USA) · Dirigent: Muhai Tang · San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: 3(3pic).2.ca.1(Acl).bcl.asax.tsax.barsax(ssax).2.cbsn-4.2.2.btbn.1-taped effects.5perc(glsp, xyl, vib, tub bells, tri, sus cym, clash cym, crash cym, h.h, tam-t, gong, tamb, s.d, 2tom-t, 2b.d, 2ten d, break drum, slit drum, casts, 2clav, wdbl, rattle, whip)-egtr.bgtr.hp-str(4.4.4.4.2 minimum)
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
1994-03-02 | Poole (United Kingdom), Wessex Hall
Conductor: Muhai Tang
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
1990-01-10 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Flint Centre | World Premiere
Tippett · New Year Suite for orchestra, VI Donny's Dream · sound clip
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