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That Subtle Knot

That Subtle Knot

double concerto for violin, viola and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: violin, viola and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
The title comes from a poem by John Donne, The Ecstasy, in which two lovers sit, their hands entwined and ‘did thread/Our eyes, upon one double string’. This image seemed perfect for my double concerto. The relationship develops between the solo instruments through the exploration of independent lines, lines shared, lines in opposition, always with a sense of being drawn together with one purpose. The dialogue is in the spirit of chamber music, the orchestra taking up fragments of the solo lines, or sustaining notes, and in the faster passages acting as an equal force, driving the music forward. John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius, and The Sage Gateshead
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 11. Juni 2014 Gateshead, The Sage (UK) · Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Ruth Killius, viola · Dirigent: Thomas Zehetmair · Royal Northern Sinfonia
Year of composition: 2012-2013
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2.2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-2.2.0.0-timp(b.d)-str(8.6.4.4.2 minimum)
Performances
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-10 | Mahtomedi, MN (United States of America), St. Andrew\'s Lutheran Church
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-09 | St. Paul, MN (United States of America), St. Paul\'s United Church of Christ
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-08 | Wayzata, MN (United States of America), Wayzata Community Church
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-07 | Apple Valley, MN (United States of America), Shepherd of the Valley Church | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Münchener Kammerorchester
2015-04-30 | München (Germany), Prinzregententheater — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Stavanger Symfoniorkester
2015-02-06 | Sand (Norway), Suldal Kulturhus — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Stavanger Symfoniorkester
2015-02-05 | Stavanger (Norway), Konserthus — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2014-08-06 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-06-13 | London (United Kingdom), Milton Court
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-06-11 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), The Sage | World Premiere
The title comes from a poem by John Donne, The Ecstasy, in which two lovers sit, their hands entwined and ‘did thread/Our eyes, upon one double string’. This image seemed perfect for my double concerto. The relationship develops between the solo instruments through the exploration of independent lines, lines shared, lines in opposition, always with a sense of being drawn together with one purpose. The dialogue is in the spirit of chamber music, the orchestra taking up fragments of the solo lines, or sustaining notes, and in the faster passages acting as an equal force, driving the music forward. John Casken
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius, and The Sage Gateshead
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 11. Juni 2014 Gateshead, The Sage (UK) · Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Ruth Killius, viola · Dirigent: Thomas Zehetmair · Royal Northern Sinfonia
Year of composition: 2012-2013
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2.2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-2.2.0.0-timp(b.d)-str(8.6.4.4.2 minimum)
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-10 | Mahtomedi, MN (United States of America), St. Andrew\'s Lutheran Church
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-09 | St. Paul, MN (United States of America), St. Paul\'s United Church of Christ
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-08 | Wayzata, MN (United States of America), Wayzata Community Church
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-07 | Apple Valley, MN (United States of America), Shepherd of the Valley Church | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Münchener Kammerorchester
2015-04-30 | München (Germany), Prinzregententheater — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Stavanger Symfoniorkester
2015-02-06 | Sand (Norway), Suldal Kulturhus — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Stavanger Symfoniorkester
2015-02-05 | Stavanger (Norway), Konserthus — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2014-08-06 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-06-13 | London (United Kingdom), Milton Court
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia
2014-06-11 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), The Sage | World Premiere
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