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No. 42

No. 42

(In the Alps - an animated concert)

for soprano and ensemble

Text by the composer


  • Instrumentation: soprano and ensemble
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
No.42 (In the Alps) could perhaps best be described as a melodrama. It combines many of the subjects that fascinate me: the relationship of text narrative and musical narrative, the history of opera, early cinema, the theatrical practices of the nineteenth century, along with the folk and popular music of the Alpine region.

A girl (the soprano), stranded on top of an un-climbable mountain peak as a young baby, is taught to sing by the mountain animals. Young Bobli lives in the village far below the un-climbable peak. He was born mute and communicates with the world by playing the trumpet. Bobli hears the soprano's song drifting down into the valley. The soprano listens to Bobli's trumpet tunes blown up to her by the wind. They are both enchanted.

The three acts are separated by interludes describing how three animals experience time passing in relation to a musical tempo.

Like any self respecting melodrama the text and music combine to depict or imply a wide ranging theatrical adventure, in this piece starting at the Creation (or the big bang), a lonely existence, scenes of rustic village life, some carpentry, many mountain goats, unrequited love, and ending in a quest destined to fail.  In a live performance the text [provided with the performance material] is to be projected on a screen behind the musicians in the style of silent movie intertitles.

Richard Ayres
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble with financial help from the Dutch Fund for the Creation of New Music.
Performance duration: 45'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 4. April 2008 Zwolle, Theater De Spiegel (NL) · Barbara Hannigan, soprano; Mathis Nitschke, video · Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: 2pic(1.fl, bassfl).0.1.1(Ebcl).1.cbsn-2.0.Ctpt(2.pictpt).0.btbn.1-2perc(timp, b.d, small drum kit, 4 small hand-held cowbells, tri, metal wind chimes, wind machine, large wooden hammer on large wooden box, saw or wood-file on thin wooden box, vib, xyl, glsp, crots, tub bells, almgl)-3vn.db
Performances
Conductor: Benjamin Oliver
Orchestra: University of Southampton Loop Orchestra
2020-02-09 | Sputhampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims Concert Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Roland Kluttig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Landestheater Coburg
2019-06-07 | Coburg (Germany), Landestheater — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra
2017-06-04 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 16:00
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra
2017-06-03 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Smith Square — 19:30
Conductor: Rolf Gupta
Orchestra: Ostravská banda
2016-06-29 | Ostrava (Czech Republic), Antonín Dvořák Theatre | national Premiere
Conductor: Kevin Stalheim
Orchestra: Present Music
2015-04-24 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), Turner Hall Ballroom — 19:30
Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2014-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall — 18:00 | national Premiere
2011-07-03 | Innsbruck (Austria), Konservatoriumssaal — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2010-03-17 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-13 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-10 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan\'t IJ — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-09 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan\'t IJ — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-06 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-05 | Groningen (Netherlands), De Oosterpoort — 20.15 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-04 | Zwolle (Netherlands), Theater De Spiegel — 20.15 h | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Ayres · No. 42 (In the Alps) · sound clip
Audio Stream
No.42 (In the Alps) could perhaps best be described as a melodrama. It combines many of the subjects that fascinate me: the relationship of text narrative and musical narrative, the history of opera, early cinema, the theatrical practices of the nineteenth century, along with the folk and popular music of the Alpine region.

A girl (the soprano), stranded on top of an un-climbable mountain peak as a young baby, is taught to sing by the mountain animals. Young Bobli lives in the village far below the un-climbable peak. He was born mute and communicates with the world by playing the trumpet. Bobli hears the soprano's song drifting down into the valley. The soprano listens to Bobli's trumpet tunes blown up to her by the wind. They are both enchanted.

The three acts are separated by interludes describing how three animals experience time passing in relation to a musical tempo.

Like any self respecting melodrama the text and music combine to depict or imply a wide ranging theatrical adventure, in this piece starting at the Creation (or the big bang), a lonely existence, scenes of rustic village life, some carpentry, many mountain goats, unrequited love, and ending in a quest destined to fail.  In a live performance the text [provided with the performance material] is to be projected on a screen behind the musicians in the style of silent movie intertitles.

Richard Ayres
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble with financial help from the Dutch Fund for the Creation of New Music.
Performance duration: 45'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 4. April 2008 Zwolle, Theater De Spiegel (NL) · Barbara Hannigan, soprano; Mathis Nitschke, video · Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: 2pic(1.fl, bassfl).0.1.1(Ebcl).1.cbsn-2.0.Ctpt(2.pictpt).0.btbn.1-2perc(timp, b.d, small drum kit, 4 small hand-held cowbells, tri, metal wind chimes, wind machine, large wooden hammer on large wooden box, saw or wood-file on thin wooden box, vib, xyl, glsp, crots, tub bells, almgl)-3vn.db
Conductor: Benjamin Oliver
Orchestra: University of Southampton Loop Orchestra
2020-02-09 | Sputhampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims Concert Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Roland Kluttig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Landestheater Coburg
2019-06-07 | Coburg (Germany), Landestheater — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra
2017-06-04 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 16:00
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra
2017-06-03 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Smith Square — 19:30
Conductor: Rolf Gupta
Orchestra: Ostravská banda
2016-06-29 | Ostrava (Czech Republic), Antonín Dvořák Theatre | national Premiere
Conductor: Kevin Stalheim
Orchestra: Present Music
2015-04-24 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), Turner Hall Ballroom — 19:30
Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2014-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall — 18:00 | national Premiere
2011-07-03 | Innsbruck (Austria), Konservatoriumssaal — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2010-03-17 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-13 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-10 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan\'t IJ — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-09 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan\'t IJ — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-06 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen — 20.30 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-05 | Groningen (Netherlands), De Oosterpoort — 20.15 h
Orchestra: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
2008-04-04 | Zwolle (Netherlands), Theater De Spiegel — 20.15 h | World Premiere
Ayres · No. 42 (In the Alps) · sound clip