Another Staircase Overture - Broken Music for Strings


string orchestra
String Orchestra
Commissioned by the BBC for British Music Year Birmingham `Music for a While'
First Performance
2.1.95, Birmingham Town Hall: City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox

Study score 0571555497 (fp) on sale, full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes

I wrote this piece for the BBC’s celebration of Henry Purcell, ‘Music for a While’. Purcell wrote A Staircase Overture so I decided to write Another Staircase Overture, starting, like Purcell’s, with upward-moving scale passages (staircases, I suppose). The rest of the piece is a series of snapshots and fragments of characteristic Purcellian moments.

© John Woolrich

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