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New Year Suite

New Year Suite


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: study score
€42.50  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.46 kg

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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
Binding: Paperback/Soft Cover
Content text: The Space Ship Lands (tape)
Prelude
The Shaman Dance
The Hunt dor the Scapegoat
Donny's Skarade
Donny's Dream
Dream Interlude (includes taped voices)
Jo Ann's Dreamsong
Love Scene for Jo Ann and Pelegrin
Paradise Dance
The Beating-Out of the Scapegoat (the Bad Old Year)
Ringing in the New Year
The Space Ship takes off again (tape)
ISMN: 979-0-2201-1566-0
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Music Of Our Time
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: 3.2.ca.2.bcl.asax.tsax.barsax(ssax).2.cbn-4.4.3.1-5perc(kit (s.d., t.d., cym. (crash & hi-hat), 2 tom-toms, b.d., w.bl., gng., slit dr.), t.d., b.d., brake dr., clash cym., sus.cym., tamb., cast., wh., large tri., lge. tam-tam, xyl., vib., glock., 2 sets of 6 tub.bells (metal rod), claves, rattle)-hp.2egtr-str (4.4.4.4.2 min)-taped effects (spaceship and distant voices)
page number: 120
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)
Binding: Paperback/Soft Cover
Content text: The Space Ship Lands (tape)
Prelude
The Shaman Dance
The Hunt dor the Scapegoat
Donny's Skarade
Donny's Dream
Dream Interlude (includes taped voices)
Jo Ann's Dreamsong
Love Scene for Jo Ann and Pelegrin
Paradise Dance
The Beating-Out of the Scapegoat (the Bad Old Year)
Ringing in the New Year
The Space Ship takes off again (tape)
ISMN: 979-0-2201-1566-0
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Music Of Our Time
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: 3.2.ca.2.bcl.asax.tsax.barsax(ssax).2.cbn-4.4.3.1-5perc(kit (s.d., t.d., cym. (crash & hi-hat), 2 tom-toms, b.d., w.bl., gng., slit dr.), t.d., b.d., brake dr., clash cym., sus.cym., tamb., cast., wh., large tri., lge. tam-tam, xyl., vib., glock., 2 sets of 6 tub.bells (metal rod), claves, rattle)-hp.2egtr-str (4.4.4.4.2 min)-taped effects (spaceship and distant voices)
page number: 120