A Foreign Field


soprano and baritone soloists, boy's choir, chorus and orchestra
Chorus with Orchestra/Ensemble
Texts from the Old Testament (Latin) and Ivor Gurney, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brook (English), Trackl, Rilke (German)
3(II=afl+picc,III=picc).2.ca.2(II=ebcl).bcl.2.cbsn – 4331 – timp – perc(3): vib/mar/glsp/crot/t.bells/tuned gongs/3 susp.cym (small, medium & large)/Chinese cym/wdbl (or Chinese wood drum)/ratchet/hyoshigi/tgl/metal pipe/2 metal pans/2 metal plates/thunder sheet/2 tam-t (small & large)/log drums/3 bongos/4 tom-toms/BD – harp – cel – strings
Latin, English, German

Commissioned by public subscription for the Three Choirs Festival 2014 and Städtische Theater Chemnitz, Erich-Schellhorn-Stiftung as part of 14-18 Now, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The world premiere performance kindly supported by the Elmley Foundation and Anwen Walker. Choristers supported by Lee Bolton Monier Williams.

First Performance
31.7.14, Three Choirs Festival, Worcester Cathedral, UK: Yeree Suh/Roderick Williams/Three Choirs Festival Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Baldur Brönnimann

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Work of the Week: Torsten Rasch’s A Foreign Field

One of this summer’s most anticipated new works, Torsten Rasch’s A Foreign Field received its world premiere on 31 July 2014 at Worcester Cathedral as part of the Three Choirs Festival. On 19 September it is broadcast on Radio 3. Read more

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