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Serpents of Wisdom

Serpents of Wisdom

for horn in F and piano


  • Instrumentation: horn and piano
  • Edition: sheet music
€17.50  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.13 kg

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Description
The title of this piece comes from ‘Celtic Cross’ by Norman MacCaig, a poem that brings to life the symbols of an earlier time, carved in stone, entwined and plaited in abstract forms. The idea of a coiling serpent and the image of the coiled horn also came together in my mind. The opening phrase of the piece is responsible for much of the musical material for the whole piece, a strong and vibrant phrase that I wanted to capture something of the essence of these noble creatures on Celtic crosses. The idea of plaiting and entwining plays an important part in the unfolding of the piece. John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned jointly by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of the New Generation Artists Scheme
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-1859-3
Performance duration: 11' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Edition Schott
UPC: 841886026094
Uraufführung : 1. Februar 2016 London, Wigmore Hall (UK) · Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn; Alasdair Beatson, piano
Year of composition: 2015
page number: 24
Performances
2016-02-01 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 13:00 | World Premiere
The title of this piece comes from ‘Celtic Cross’ by Norman MacCaig, a poem that brings to life the symbols of an earlier time, carved in stone, entwined and plaited in abstract forms. The idea of a coiling serpent and the image of the coiled horn also came together in my mind. The opening phrase of the piece is responsible for much of the musical material for the whole piece, a strong and vibrant phrase that I wanted to capture something of the essence of these noble creatures on Celtic crosses. The idea of plaiting and entwining plays an important part in the unfolding of the piece. John Casken
Auftragswerk : Commissioned jointly by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of the New Generation Artists Scheme
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-1859-3
Performance duration: 11' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Edition Schott
UPC: 841886026094
Uraufführung : 1. Februar 2016 London, Wigmore Hall (UK) · Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn; Alasdair Beatson, piano
Year of composition: 2015
page number: 24
2016-02-01 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 13:00 | World Premiere