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Trackway of Time

Trackway of Time

for baritone and chamber orchestra

text from "The Clock-Winder" by Thomas Hardy


  • Instrumentation: baritone and chamber orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
Trackway of Time is a setting of ‘The Clock-Winder’, a wonderful poem by Thomas Hardy, in which an old parish-clerk climbs the church tower every night to wind the clock: ‘Nightly thus does he climb/To the trackway of time.’ When asked why he continues to do this, he explains: ‘So I wipe out one more … of the sore/Sad days …’ that separate him from an unknown beloved. The physical (climbing), mechanical (clock), and emotional (loss) are brought together in this poem in a most extraordinary way, and that was its appeal in wanting to find a musical response to the words. John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Durham University Orchestral Society to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group's founding
Performance duration: 11'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 15. Juni 2015 Durham, Durham Cathedral (UK) · Sir Thomas Allen, baritone · Dirigent: Oliver Zeffman · Durham University Chamber Orchestra
Year of composition: 2014-2015
instrumentation: 2.0.2.2-2.0.0.0-perc(vib, crot, tam-t, bell-plate, b.d., vibraslap, wdblk)-str
Performances
Conductor: Oliver Zeffman
Orchestra: Durham University Chamber Orchestra
2015-06-15 | Durham (United Kingdom), Durham Cathedral | World Premiere
Trackway of Time is a setting of ‘The Clock-Winder’, a wonderful poem by Thomas Hardy, in which an old parish-clerk climbs the church tower every night to wind the clock: ‘Nightly thus does he climb/To the trackway of time.’ When asked why he continues to do this, he explains: ‘So I wipe out one more … of the sore/Sad days …’ that separate him from an unknown beloved. The physical (climbing), mechanical (clock), and emotional (loss) are brought together in this poem in a most extraordinary way, and that was its appeal in wanting to find a musical response to the words. John Casken
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Durham University Orchestral Society to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group's founding
Performance duration: 11'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 15. Juni 2015 Durham, Durham Cathedral (UK) · Sir Thomas Allen, baritone · Dirigent: Oliver Zeffman · Durham University Chamber Orchestra
Year of composition: 2014-2015
instrumentation: 2.0.2.2-2.0.0.0-perc(vib, crot, tam-t, bell-plate, b.d., vibraslap, wdblk)-str
Conductor: Oliver Zeffman
Orchestra: Durham University Chamber Orchestra
2015-06-15 | Durham (United Kingdom), Durham Cathedral | World Premiere