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Van Gogh Blue

Van Gogh Blue

for ensemble


  • Instrumentation: ensemble
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
The starting point was the collected letters of Vincent van Gogh. In spite of the tragedies for which van Gogh is best known, his letters are filled with joyous exuberance for the practical considerations of his work: what he will paint next and, most importantly, what colours he will use. For Julian Anderson, it seems the painter relishes ‘the sheer stuff of which his art is made’. In Van Gogh Blue, Anderson relishes the sheer stuff of which his own art is made. It’s a very physical, highly contrasted work about the joy of sound. Instrumental colour plays a large role, and Anderson’s use of two mobile clarinetists allows extra colour as their sound moves through the acoustic space of the hall.
Details
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by The Serge Koussevitzsky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky, Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation, and Casa da Música.
Content text: I L'Aube, soleil naissant
II Les Vignobles
III Les Alpilles
IV Eygalieres
V la nuit, peindre les étoiles (le 25 mai 1889, 4:40am)
Performance duration: 22'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 7. November 2015 London, Wigmore Hall (UK) · Nash Ensemble · Dirigent: Alexandre Bloch
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: fl(pic).2cl(1.Ebcl, 2.bcl)-pno.hp-vla.vc.db
Performances
Conductor: Stephen Barlow
2019-03-28 | Manchester (United Kingdom), St Michael\'s — 19:30
Conductor: Naomi Woo
2019-02-23 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Stapleford Granary — 19.30
2018-06-20 | Boston (United States of America), Jordan Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Tim Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin College & Conservatory
2018-04-10 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
2017-10-21 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 13:00
Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi
2017-08-12 | Lenox, MA (United States of America), Seiji Ozawa Hall — 18:00
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
2017-03-21 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Peter Rundel
2017-01-21 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Donald Crockett
2016-07-09 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Harris Concert Hall — 16:30
Conductor: James Baker
2016-03-11 | Washington, DC (United States of America), Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Alexandre Bloch
2015-11-07 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere
The starting point was the collected letters of Vincent van Gogh. In spite of the tragedies for which van Gogh is best known, his letters are filled with joyous exuberance for the practical considerations of his work: what he will paint next and, most importantly, what colours he will use. For Julian Anderson, it seems the painter relishes ‘the sheer stuff of which his art is made’. In Van Gogh Blue, Anderson relishes the sheer stuff of which his own art is made. It’s a very physical, highly contrasted work about the joy of sound. Instrumental colour plays a large role, and Anderson’s use of two mobile clarinetists allows extra colour as their sound moves through the acoustic space of the hall.
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by The Serge Koussevitzsky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky, Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation, and Casa da Música.
Content text: I L'Aube, soleil naissant
II Les Vignobles
III Les Alpilles
IV Eygalieres
V la nuit, peindre les étoiles (le 25 mai 1889, 4:40am)
Performance duration: 22'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 7. November 2015 London, Wigmore Hall (UK) · Nash Ensemble · Dirigent: Alexandre Bloch
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: fl(pic).2cl(1.Ebcl, 2.bcl)-pno.hp-vla.vc.db
Conductor: Stephen Barlow
2019-03-28 | Manchester (United Kingdom), St Michael\'s — 19:30
Conductor: Naomi Woo
2019-02-23 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Stapleford Granary — 19.30
2018-06-20 | Boston (United States of America), Jordan Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Tim Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin College & Conservatory
2018-04-10 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
2017-10-21 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 13:00
Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi
2017-08-12 | Lenox, MA (United States of America), Seiji Ozawa Hall — 18:00
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
2017-03-21 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Peter Rundel
2017-01-21 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Donald Crockett
2016-07-09 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Harris Concert Hall — 16:30
Conductor: James Baker
2016-03-11 | Washington, DC (United States of America), Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Alexandre Bloch
2015-11-07 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere