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The Sorcerer's Mirror

The Sorcerer's Mirror

for SATB chorus and orchestra

text by Andrew Motion


  • Instrumentation: SATB choir and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
Climate change is a subject that has been close to the heart of Peter Maxwell Davies for many years; indeed he was one of the first composers to travel to the Antarctic in 1999 to understand for himself its implications. Max has written many works since inspired by the topic, including Last Door of Light for chamber orchestra. This work for choir and orchestra is a setting of a poem by Andrew Motion which, behind the quiet stillness of a North London
garden at night, reflects the poet’s fears for the future of life as we know it. The composer’s constant use of unsettling harmony conveys the sense of unease and imminent catastrophe.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Cambridge University Musical Society to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University, partially funded by British Antarctic Survey.
Content text: I Moderato "Midnight and midsummer in London"
II Moderato "I see what I hear"
III Adagio "After that breath a pause"
IV Allegro "Here comes the rain"
V Moderato "Then the storm passes"
Opus: op. 300
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 13. Juni 2009 Cambridge, King\'s College Chapel (UK) · Dirigent: Stephen Cleobury · Cambridge University Music Society Orchestra · Cambridge University Choir
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: 2.2.2(Acl).2.cbsn-4.2.3.0-timp-str
Performances
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra: Cambridge University Music Society Orchestra
2009-06-22 | London (United Kingdom), Southwark Cathedral — 19.30 h
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra: Cambridge University Music Society Orchestra
2009-06-13 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), King\'s College Chapel | World Premiere
Climate change is a subject that has been close to the heart of Peter Maxwell Davies for many years; indeed he was one of the first composers to travel to the Antarctic in 1999 to understand for himself its implications. Max has written many works since inspired by the topic, including Last Door of Light for chamber orchestra. This work for choir and orchestra is a setting of a poem by Andrew Motion which, behind the quiet stillness of a North London
garden at night, reflects the poet’s fears for the future of life as we know it. The composer’s constant use of unsettling harmony conveys the sense of unease and imminent catastrophe.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Cambridge University Musical Society to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University, partially funded by British Antarctic Survey.
Content text: I Moderato "Midnight and midsummer in London"
II Moderato "I see what I hear"
III Adagio "After that breath a pause"
IV Allegro "Here comes the rain"
V Moderato "Then the storm passes"
Opus: op. 300
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 13. Juni 2009 Cambridge, King\'s College Chapel (UK) · Dirigent: Stephen Cleobury · Cambridge University Music Society Orchestra · Cambridge University Choir
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: 2.2.2(Acl).2.cbsn-4.2.3.0-timp-str
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra: Cambridge University Music Society Orchestra
2009-06-22 | London (United Kingdom), Southwark Cathedral — 19.30 h
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra: Cambridge University Music Society Orchestra
2009-06-13 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), King\'s College Chapel | World Premiere