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This Silence

This Silence

for eight players


  • Instrumentation: clarinet, horn, bassoon and string quintet
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
This Silence was written between July and August 1992 (revised June 1993) and is scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon and string quintet. lt was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie for the Scharoun Ensemble. lt lasts around fifteen minutes and is dedicated to my great friends Sandy and Jimmy Brown.

The work is in two contrasting movements. The first (Dance) starts slowly and builds into a manic fast movement featuring the horn. The initial impetus for the music came from a poem entitled ‘Death of a Son‘ by Jon Silkin, which includes the line ‘But this was silence‘ from which I took the title.

The second movement (Dirge) starts with a non-vocal setting of the opening stanza ofthe poem ‘The Exequy‘ by Henry King and proceeds to weave meditative variations around a simple melodic fragment. After a short autburst towards the end (harking back to the manic music of the first movement) the work dies away to a peaceful conclusion.

I am very grateful to the Sharoun Ensemble for playing through This Silence in June 1992, after which I revised the score extensively, and to Brett Dean, who conducted the run-through and gave me great help and encouragement. The Scharoun Ensemble gave the first performance at the Cologne Philharmonie on 12 September 1993.

- Mark-Anthony Turnage
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Philharmonic Hall Cologne for the Scharoun Ensemble
Content text: I Dance
II Dirge
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 13. September 1993 Köln, Philharmonie (D) · Scharoun Ensemble
Year of composition: 1992-1993
Performances
Orchestra: Regina Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players
2019-09-21 | Regina Central,SK (United States of America), Government House
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2017-02-02 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), West Road Concert Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Miranda Francis
Orchestra: RCM Junior Department Octet
2016-03-19 | London (United Kingdom), RCM Concert Hall
2016-02-13 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30
2015-11-09 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Orchestra: The Berkeley Ensemble
2015-03-13 | Hull (United Kingdom), Hull University Music Department — 13:00
2014-11-09 | London (United Kingdom), The Forge Music & Arts Venue, Camden — 11:00
Conductor: Andreas Brenner
Orchestra: Ensemble Montaigne
2014-11-03 | Baden (Switzerland), Stanzerei — 20:00
Conductor: Andreas Brenner
Orchestra: Ensemble Montaigne
2014-10-26 | Zug (Switzerland), Chollerhalle — 17:00
Conductor: Andreas Brenner
Orchestra: Ensemble Montaigne
2014-10-25 | Luzern (Switzerland), Neubad — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: James Ham
Orchestra: Trinity Laban Wren Ensemble
2013-11-15 | London (United Kingdom), Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Conductor: Mark Simpson
Orchestra: Oxford University Sinfonietta
2010-10-27 | Oxford (United Kingdom), Corpus Christi Auditorium
Conductor: Richard Ingham
2009-10-16 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Zero Degrees, Heriot Watt University
2009-04-30 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre — 18.00 h
2009-04-29 | London (United Kingdom), St. Olav\'s Church
Conductor: Richard Ingham
2009-04-29 | St. Andrews (United Kingdom), Younger Hall — 13.15 h
Conductor: John Storgårds
Orchestra: Lapin kamariorkesteri
2009-02-14 | Rovaniemi (Finland), Taidemuseo — 16.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Boone
2008-01-30 | Boulder, CO (United States of America), Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building, University of Colorado — 19.30 h
Conductor: Torodd Wigum
Orchestra: Trondheim Sinfonietta
2008-01-24 | Trondheim (Norway), Olavshallen — 21.30 h - \"Nachspiel med Mark-Anthony Turnage”
Conductor: Thomas Kemp
Orchestra: SAMI Sinfonietta
2007-05-23 | Stockholm (Sweden) | national Premiere
Conductor: Alastair Cameron
Orchestra: London Contemporary Music Group
2006-04-26 | London (United Kingdom), St. Pauls Church, Covent Garden
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
Orchestra: ViVA
2005-07-02 | Aldborough, North Yorkshire (United Kingdom), St. Andrews Parish Church — 19.15 h
Orchestra: Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
2005-03-24 | Salzburg (Austria), Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 19.30 Uhr - Kontrapunkte
Conductor: Christopher Austin
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble
2005-02-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Academy of Music, David Josefowitz Recital Hall
Conductor: Christopher Austin
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble
2005-02-23 | Canterbury (United Kingdom), St. Gregory\'s Centre — 13.00 h - Christ Church Day with Turnage
Orchestra: Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
2004-10-06 | Bonn (Germany), Beethoven-Haus
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
2004-01-18 | Nottingham (United States of America), Dingley Church
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
2004-01-15 | Nottingham (United States of America), Djanogly Hall, Nottingham University
2003-05-25 | Northampton (United Kingdom), Derngate
Conductor: Gary Walker
2002-04-23 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Arches
Conductor: Gary Walker
2002-04-22 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), The Hub
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
2000-06-30 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Adrian Boult Hall
2000-05-22 | Milan (Italy), Teatro dell \'elfo | national Premiere
2000-05-10 | Schwetzinger (Germany), Konzertsaal, Schloss
Orchestra: Aarhus Sinfonietta
1999-11-17 | Arhus (Denmark) | national Premiere
Conductor: Coleman Pearce
1999-02-09 | Mississippi (United States of America) | national Premiere
1998-10-01 | Manchester (United Kingdom), University of Manchester
1998-04-18 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room
1997-03-29 | Innsbruck (Austria)
Conductor: Edward Dudley Hughes
1995-11-16 | London (United Kingdom), Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer | national Premiere
1995-04-08 | Wien (Austria) | national Premiere
Conductor: Gary Kulesha
Orchestra: Encounters Chamber Orchestra
1994-05-11 | Toronto, ON (Canada), CBC | national Premiere
1994-02-27 | Bielefeld (Germany), Ravensberger Spinnerei
1993-09-13 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Turnage · This Silence for octet · sound clip
This Silence was written between July and August 1992 (revised June 1993) and is scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon and string quintet. lt was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie for the Scharoun Ensemble. lt lasts around fifteen minutes and is dedicated to my great friends Sandy and Jimmy Brown.

The work is in two contrasting movements. The first (Dance) starts slowly and builds into a manic fast movement featuring the horn. The initial impetus for the music came from a poem entitled ‘Death of a Son‘ by Jon Silkin, which includes the line ‘But this was silence‘ from which I took the title.

The second movement (Dirge) starts with a non-vocal setting of the opening stanza ofthe poem ‘The Exequy‘ by Henry King and proceeds to weave meditative variations around a simple melodic fragment. After a short autburst towards the end (harking back to the manic music of the first movement) the work dies away to a peaceful conclusion.

I am very grateful to the Sharoun Ensemble for playing through This Silence in June 1992, after which I revised the score extensively, and to Brett Dean, who conducted the run-through and gave me great help and encouragement. The Scharoun Ensemble gave the first performance at the Cologne Philharmonie on 12 September 1993.

- Mark-Anthony Turnage
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Philharmonic Hall Cologne for the Scharoun Ensemble
Content text: I Dance
II Dirge
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 13. September 1993 Köln, Philharmonie (D) · Scharoun Ensemble
Year of composition: 1992-1993
Orchestra: Regina Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players
2019-09-21 | Regina Central,SK (United States of America), Government House
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2017-02-02 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), West Road Concert Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Miranda Francis
Orchestra: RCM Junior Department Octet
2016-03-19 | London (United Kingdom), RCM Concert Hall
2016-02-13 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30
2015-11-09 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Orchestra: The Berkeley Ensemble
2015-03-13 | Hull (United Kingdom), Hull University Music Department — 13:00
2014-11-09 | London (United Kingdom), The Forge Music & Arts Venue, Camden — 11:00
Conductor: Andreas Brenner
Orchestra: Ensemble Montaigne
2014-11-03 | Baden (Switzerland), Stanzerei — 20:00
Conductor: Andreas Brenner
Orchestra: Ensemble Montaigne
2014-10-26 | Zug (Switzerland), Chollerhalle — 17:00
Conductor: Andreas Brenner
Orchestra: Ensemble Montaigne
2014-10-25 | Luzern (Switzerland), Neubad — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: James Ham
Orchestra: Trinity Laban Wren Ensemble
2013-11-15 | London (United Kingdom), Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Conductor: Mark Simpson
Orchestra: Oxford University Sinfonietta
2010-10-27 | Oxford (United Kingdom), Corpus Christi Auditorium
Conductor: Richard Ingham
2009-10-16 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Zero Degrees, Heriot Watt University
2009-04-30 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre — 18.00 h
2009-04-29 | London (United Kingdom), St. Olav\'s Church
Conductor: Richard Ingham
2009-04-29 | St. Andrews (United Kingdom), Younger Hall — 13.15 h
Conductor: John Storgårds
Orchestra: Lapin kamariorkesteri
2009-02-14 | Rovaniemi (Finland), Taidemuseo — 16.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Boone
2008-01-30 | Boulder, CO (United States of America), Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building, University of Colorado — 19.30 h
Conductor: Torodd Wigum
Orchestra: Trondheim Sinfonietta
2008-01-24 | Trondheim (Norway), Olavshallen — 21.30 h - \"Nachspiel med Mark-Anthony Turnage”
Conductor: Thomas Kemp
Orchestra: SAMI Sinfonietta
2007-05-23 | Stockholm (Sweden) | national Premiere
Conductor: Alastair Cameron
Orchestra: London Contemporary Music Group
2006-04-26 | London (United Kingdom), St. Pauls Church, Covent Garden
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
Orchestra: ViVA
2005-07-02 | Aldborough, North Yorkshire (United Kingdom), St. Andrews Parish Church — 19.15 h
Orchestra: Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
2005-03-24 | Salzburg (Austria), Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 19.30 Uhr - Kontrapunkte
Conductor: Christopher Austin
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble
2005-02-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Academy of Music, David Josefowitz Recital Hall
Conductor: Christopher Austin
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble
2005-02-23 | Canterbury (United Kingdom), St. Gregory\'s Centre — 13.00 h - Christ Church Day with Turnage
Orchestra: Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
2004-10-06 | Bonn (Germany), Beethoven-Haus
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
2004-01-18 | Nottingham (United States of America), Dingley Church
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
2004-01-15 | Nottingham (United States of America), Djanogly Hall, Nottingham University
2003-05-25 | Northampton (United Kingdom), Derngate
Conductor: Gary Walker
2002-04-23 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Arches
Conductor: Gary Walker
2002-04-22 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), The Hub
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
2000-06-30 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Adrian Boult Hall
2000-05-22 | Milan (Italy), Teatro dell \'elfo | national Premiere
2000-05-10 | Schwetzinger (Germany), Konzertsaal, Schloss
Orchestra: Aarhus Sinfonietta
1999-11-17 | Arhus (Denmark) | national Premiere
Conductor: Coleman Pearce
1999-02-09 | Mississippi (United States of America) | national Premiere
1998-10-01 | Manchester (United Kingdom), University of Manchester
1998-04-18 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room
1997-03-29 | Innsbruck (Austria)
Conductor: Edward Dudley Hughes
1995-11-16 | London (United Kingdom), Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer | national Premiere
1995-04-08 | Wien (Austria) | national Premiere
Conductor: Gary Kulesha
Orchestra: Encounters Chamber Orchestra
1994-05-11 | Toronto, ON (Canada), CBC | national Premiere
1994-02-27 | Bielefeld (Germany), Ravensberger Spinnerei
1993-09-13 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie | World Premiere
Turnage · This Silence for octet · sound clip