Alphabicycle Order

(2007)

by Colin Matthews

Description
narrator, children's chorus and orchestra
Duration
30
Genres
Children's, Unison/Upper + Equal Voices, Narrator with Orchestra
Text
Christopher Reid
Instrumentation
2(both=picc).2(II=ca).2.bcl.2(II=cbsn) – 4231 – timp(=large cym) – perc(3): I: vib/4 tom-tom/3 c.bell/2 brake drums/large wdbl/siz.cym/vibraslap/cast/slide flute/metal ratchet II: glsp/BD/switches/susp.cym/cym/tgl/tam-t/tamb/4 bongos/guiro/cabasa/chocola(tubo)/friction bird-call/referee’s whistle/lion’s roar/vibraslap III: xyl/glsp/SD/susp.cym/cym/claves/wooden ratchet/waterphone/glass chimes/sleighbells/wind machine/yacht siren/vibraslap/cast – harp – pno – strings
Languages
English
Commission

Commissioned by the Hallé Concert Society

First Performance
11.7.07, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester: Henry Goodman/Members of the Hallé Youth Choir and Cantores Roborienses/Hallé Orchestra/Edward Gardner
Availability

Full score on sale (HPOD1026)

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Programme Notes

Commissioned by the Hallé Concert Society. ‘As soon as I read Christopher Reid’s collection of children’s poems Alphabicycle Order I wanted to set them to music. The poems play on words in, as you might expect, alphabetical order, ranging from the sinister (the menacing Vumpire, a cross between an umpire and a vampire) to absurd (the Umbrellaphant, half elephant, half umbrella) with plenty of room for humour, and a little sentiment thrown in for good measure. We meet with Cluckworth chickens, the newly discovered country of Eyeland, an Iciclist, the fabulous liarbird and the very superior Queen Bean. I’ve hugely enjoyed writing these 26 numbers, and hope they’ll be fun to sing, shout, play and also speak.’ Written for narrator, children’s chorus, and the Hallé, the work lasts around half an hour. © Colin Matthews 2007

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