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The Fall of the Leafe

The Fall of the Leafe

after Martin Peerson

for string orchestra


  • Instrumentation: string orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
This work, for strings only, was written in July and August of 2004. It is based on a virginal piece from the Fitzwilliam collection, copied in the early years of the seventeenth century. 'The Fall of the Leafe' is a short, expressive work by Martin Peerson - characterised by a descriptive descending scale.

Out of the thematic material of the Peerson I have fashioned, by permutation and a magic square filter, a theme of my own which appears at the outset, Peerson's common time being replaced by a gently lilting 6/8, which nevertheless retains something of the original's "falling" character.

A slightly faster varied repeat, with my melody in the violins, has a version of the first part of the Peerson set against it, in the 'cellos, divided into four.

After a short "accelerando" transition, a quick section is the first of two development sections, on both the Peerson and my material.

A "retard" leads into a statement of the second part of the Peerson, in first and second violins, each divided into three. The violas, 'cellos and basses continue the discourse of original, net material.

A second, quick development follows, for violas, 'cellos and basses only (shades of Brandenburg 6!) leading to a final section, with the last part of the Peerson in violins 1, and a new counterpoint in violins 2. All the leaves fall completely in the final bars of vigorous tremolo through all the strings. In Orkney, where I live, there are almost no trees, and autumn is something I imagine, or can sometimes enjoy bits of, on visits south. The work has a further resonance - it was written very shortly before my seventieth birthday.

It is dedicated to the Skye composer and painter Marc Yeats.

- Peter Maxwell Davies, 2004
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Opus: op. 254
Performance duration: 8'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Music Of Our Time
Uraufführung : 26. November 2004 Glasgow, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (UK) · Dirigent: Rumon Gamba · Scottish Chamber Orchestra (konzertante Aufführung)
Year of composition: 2004
instrumentation: str(5.5.4.4.2 minimum)
Performances
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic
2016-03-22 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 13:55
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-10-15 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 14:00
Conductor: Jessica Cottis
Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
2014-04-16 | Adelaide, SA (Australia), Elder Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Lauri Pulakka
Orchestra: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
2010-09-11 | Kokkola (Finland), Lohtajan kko
Conductor: James MacMillan
Orchestra: Västerås Sinfonietta
2009-10-15 | Västerås (Sweden), Konserthus, Stora Salen | national Premiere
Conductor: Jacques Cohen
Orchestra: Sofia Soloists chamber orchestra
2009-06-20 | Sofia (Bulgaria) | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2008-07-23 | Ossiach (Austria), Stiftskirche — 20.00 Uhr | national Premiere
Conductor: Lasse Joamets
Orchestra: Lapin kamariorkesteri
2007-09-20 | Rovaniemi (Finland), Kirkko — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Orchestra: Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra
2006-07-14 | Monmouth (United Kingdom), Wyastone Concert Hall
Conductor: Mikhail Granovsky
Orchestra: Vremena Goda Chamber Orchestra
2005-10-04 | Moscow (Russia), Moscow Conservatoire, Great Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2005-06-19 | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (United Kingdom), Pickaquoy Centre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2004-11-27 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Queen\'s Hall
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2004-11-26 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama | World Premiere
This work, for strings only, was written in July and August of 2004. It is based on a virginal piece from the Fitzwilliam collection, copied in the early years of the seventeenth century. 'The Fall of the Leafe' is a short, expressive work by Martin Peerson - characterised by a descriptive descending scale.

Out of the thematic material of the Peerson I have fashioned, by permutation and a magic square filter, a theme of my own which appears at the outset, Peerson's common time being replaced by a gently lilting 6/8, which nevertheless retains something of the original's "falling" character.

A slightly faster varied repeat, with my melody in the violins, has a version of the first part of the Peerson set against it, in the 'cellos, divided into four.

After a short "accelerando" transition, a quick section is the first of two development sections, on both the Peerson and my material.

A "retard" leads into a statement of the second part of the Peerson, in first and second violins, each divided into three. The violas, 'cellos and basses continue the discourse of original, net material.

A second, quick development follows, for violas, 'cellos and basses only (shades of Brandenburg 6!) leading to a final section, with the last part of the Peerson in violins 1, and a new counterpoint in violins 2. All the leaves fall completely in the final bars of vigorous tremolo through all the strings. In Orkney, where I live, there are almost no trees, and autumn is something I imagine, or can sometimes enjoy bits of, on visits south. The work has a further resonance - it was written very shortly before my seventieth birthday.

It is dedicated to the Skye composer and painter Marc Yeats.

- Peter Maxwell Davies, 2004
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Opus: op. 254
Performance duration: 8'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Music Of Our Time
Uraufführung : 26. November 2004 Glasgow, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (UK) · Dirigent: Rumon Gamba · Scottish Chamber Orchestra (konzertante Aufführung)
Year of composition: 2004
instrumentation: str(5.5.4.4.2 minimum)
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic
2016-03-22 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 13:55
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-10-15 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 14:00
Conductor: Jessica Cottis
Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
2014-04-16 | Adelaide, SA (Australia), Elder Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Lauri Pulakka
Orchestra: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
2010-09-11 | Kokkola (Finland), Lohtajan kko
Conductor: James MacMillan
Orchestra: Västerås Sinfonietta
2009-10-15 | Västerås (Sweden), Konserthus, Stora Salen | national Premiere
Conductor: Jacques Cohen
Orchestra: Sofia Soloists chamber orchestra
2009-06-20 | Sofia (Bulgaria) | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2008-07-23 | Ossiach (Austria), Stiftskirche — 20.00 Uhr | national Premiere
Conductor: Lasse Joamets
Orchestra: Lapin kamariorkesteri
2007-09-20 | Rovaniemi (Finland), Kirkko — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Orchestra: Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra
2006-07-14 | Monmouth (United Kingdom), Wyastone Concert Hall
Conductor: Mikhail Granovsky
Orchestra: Vremena Goda Chamber Orchestra
2005-10-04 | Moscow (Russia), Moscow Conservatoire, Great Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2005-06-19 | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (United Kingdom), Pickaquoy Centre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2004-11-27 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Queen\'s Hall
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2004-11-26 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama | World Premiere
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