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On All Fours

On All Fours

for chamber ensemble


  • Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
On All Fours arises from physical movement - there are four main sections; each concerned with dance: Prelude, Allemande, Gigue and Sarabande. These are separated by four Refrains and a Chorale. The work is continuous. The Prelude, marked ‘very tight and hard’ is the most changeable movement in both mood and direction, pinned throughout by sudden sforzando cracks from marimba and piano, and from a steel bar, brake drum, and log drum played by the brass. The 1st Refrain follows; this is a gentle duet for alto saxophone and cello, shadowed by piano and bells. The Allemande continues the feel of the duet - flute and bass clarinet meshing on a high decorated line. The 2nd and 3rd Refrains increase the tension - more instruments are added and the saxophone and cello lines glue together leading to a climax of tremolandi, repeated notes spat out coarsely and metal chimes, which plunges through trills and glass chimes into the Gigue - the roughest and hardest music of the piece. In the 4th Refrain, which follows the Gigue, the original saxophone and cello melody has been sucked up into the woodwind, this section, marked ‘tumultuous’ dies down quickly to the Chorale, which is a sparse and sombre reworking of the opening Prelude. A steady pulse is introduced - tentatively at first - which steadies the final movement, the Sarabande. The energy of the Gigue having been spent, this is darker and drowsier, using bass flute, bass oboe, bass clarinet and two low gongs, as it slackens off and fades. © Andrew Vores 1986
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain
Performance duration: 13'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 4. Februar 1986 London, Queen Elizabeth Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Diego Masson · London Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 1985
instrumentation: fl(bfl).ob(ca, bass ob).cl(bcl).asax(ssax, break drum, desk bell).1-0.1(flugelhn, steel bar, desk bell).1(log drum, desk bell).0-perc(vib, mar, bells, mark tree, sus cym, h.h, 2gong, s.d, log drum, pedal b.d, glass chimes, spring coil)-str(3[wdbl].0.3.2.1)
Performances
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta Academy
2016-07-16 | London (United Kingdom), The Platform Theatre, Central St. Martin\'s
Conductor: Timothy Lines
Orchestra: RCM New Perspectives
2013-12-07 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room, Southbank Centre — 12:30
Orchestra: Ensemble piano possibile
2013-10-13 | München (Germany), Muffathalle — 19:30
2010-07-08 | London (United Kingdom), Hall Two, King\'s Place — 18.30 h
Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Orchestra: Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka
2009-02-05 | Osaka (Japan), Izumi Hall — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Nelson
2008-05-30 | Evanston, IL (United States of America), Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Conductor: Timothy Weiss
2007-10-06 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
Conductor: Scott Stroman
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
2005-04-21 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
Orchestra: ViVA
2004-09-30 | Nottingham (United Kingdom), Nottingham University, Djanogly Recital Hall
Conductor: Adrian Leaper
Orchestra: Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
2004-06-11 | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Sala Gabriel Rodó
Orchestra: Kokoro Ensemble
2004-05-09 | Poole (United Kingdom), Lighthouse Theatre
2003-09-21 | München (Germany), Muffathalle
Conductor: Clark Rundel
2000-11-26 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), Paul McCartney Auditorium
Conductor: Clark Rundel
2000-11-25 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Hall — 11.00 h
Conductor: Kevin Field
Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
2000-05-31 | Kuala Lumpa (Malaysia), Dewan Filharmonik
2000-05-17 | Poole (United Kingdom), Poole Arts Centre
2000-01-31 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music
1999-11-20 | Southampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims Concert Hall
1999-11-13 | Salisbury (United Kingdom), Salisbury Arts Centre
1999-11-01 | Wavendon (United Kingdom), The Stables
1999-07-17 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Town Hall
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-11-20 | Southampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-11-13 | Salisbury (United Kingdom), Salisbury Arts Centre
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-11-01 | Wavendon (United Kingdom), The Stables
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-06-20 | Bradford on Avon (United Kingdom), Wiltshire Music Centre
1997-10-30 | München (Germany), Theater links der Isar
1997-05-09 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Scottish Academy of Music
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
1995-12-10 | Den Haag (Netherlands), Dr. Anton Philipzaal
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
1995-12-06 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paradiso
Conductor: Peter Keuschnik
Orchestra: Ensemble Kontrapunkte
1994-11-03 | Wien (Austria), ORF | national Premiere
Conductor: Elgar Howarth
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1994-09-08 | Helsinki (Finland)
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
1994-04-17 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Adrian Boult Hall
Conductor: Diego Masson
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1986-02-04 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Turnage · On All Fours for chamber ensemble, II Refrain 1 · sound clip
On All Fours arises from physical movement - there are four main sections; each concerned with dance: Prelude, Allemande, Gigue and Sarabande. These are separated by four Refrains and a Chorale. The work is continuous. The Prelude, marked ‘very tight and hard’ is the most changeable movement in both mood and direction, pinned throughout by sudden sforzando cracks from marimba and piano, and from a steel bar, brake drum, and log drum played by the brass. The 1st Refrain follows; this is a gentle duet for alto saxophone and cello, shadowed by piano and bells. The Allemande continues the feel of the duet - flute and bass clarinet meshing on a high decorated line. The 2nd and 3rd Refrains increase the tension - more instruments are added and the saxophone and cello lines glue together leading to a climax of tremolandi, repeated notes spat out coarsely and metal chimes, which plunges through trills and glass chimes into the Gigue - the roughest and hardest music of the piece. In the 4th Refrain, which follows the Gigue, the original saxophone and cello melody has been sucked up into the woodwind, this section, marked ‘tumultuous’ dies down quickly to the Chorale, which is a sparse and sombre reworking of the opening Prelude. A steady pulse is introduced - tentatively at first - which steadies the final movement, the Sarabande. The energy of the Gigue having been spent, this is darker and drowsier, using bass flute, bass oboe, bass clarinet and two low gongs, as it slackens off and fades. © Andrew Vores 1986
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain
Performance duration: 13'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 4. Februar 1986 London, Queen Elizabeth Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Diego Masson · London Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 1985
instrumentation: fl(bfl).ob(ca, bass ob).cl(bcl).asax(ssax, break drum, desk bell).1-0.1(flugelhn, steel bar, desk bell).1(log drum, desk bell).0-perc(vib, mar, bells, mark tree, sus cym, h.h, 2gong, s.d, log drum, pedal b.d, glass chimes, spring coil)-str(3[wdbl].0.3.2.1)
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta Academy
2016-07-16 | London (United Kingdom), The Platform Theatre, Central St. Martin\'s
Conductor: Timothy Lines
Orchestra: RCM New Perspectives
2013-12-07 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room, Southbank Centre — 12:30
Orchestra: Ensemble piano possibile
2013-10-13 | München (Germany), Muffathalle — 19:30
2010-07-08 | London (United Kingdom), Hall Two, King\'s Place — 18.30 h
Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Orchestra: Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka
2009-02-05 | Osaka (Japan), Izumi Hall — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Nelson
2008-05-30 | Evanston, IL (United States of America), Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Conductor: Timothy Weiss
2007-10-06 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
Conductor: Scott Stroman
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
2005-04-21 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
Orchestra: ViVA
2004-09-30 | Nottingham (United Kingdom), Nottingham University, Djanogly Recital Hall
Conductor: Adrian Leaper
Orchestra: Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
2004-06-11 | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Sala Gabriel Rodó
Orchestra: Kokoro Ensemble
2004-05-09 | Poole (United Kingdom), Lighthouse Theatre
2003-09-21 | München (Germany), Muffathalle
Conductor: Clark Rundel
2000-11-26 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), Paul McCartney Auditorium
Conductor: Clark Rundel
2000-11-25 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Hall — 11.00 h
Conductor: Kevin Field
Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
2000-05-31 | Kuala Lumpa (Malaysia), Dewan Filharmonik
2000-05-17 | Poole (United Kingdom), Poole Arts Centre
2000-01-31 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music
1999-11-20 | Southampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims Concert Hall
1999-11-13 | Salisbury (United Kingdom), Salisbury Arts Centre
1999-11-01 | Wavendon (United Kingdom), The Stables
1999-07-17 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Town Hall
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-11-20 | Southampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-11-13 | Salisbury (United Kingdom), Salisbury Arts Centre
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-11-01 | Wavendon (United Kingdom), The Stables
Conductor: Kevin Field
1998-06-20 | Bradford on Avon (United Kingdom), Wiltshire Music Centre
1997-10-30 | München (Germany), Theater links der Isar
1997-05-09 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Scottish Academy of Music
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
1995-12-10 | Den Haag (Netherlands), Dr. Anton Philipzaal
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
1995-12-06 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paradiso
Conductor: Peter Keuschnik
Orchestra: Ensemble Kontrapunkte
1994-11-03 | Wien (Austria), ORF | national Premiere
Conductor: Elgar Howarth
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1994-09-08 | Helsinki (Finland)
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
1994-04-17 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Adrian Boult Hall
Conductor: Diego Masson
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
1986-02-04 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall | World Premiere
Turnage · On All Fours for chamber ensemble, II Refrain 1 · sound clip
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