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 0-571-55549-7 (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