Calling Across Time

(1998)

by Jonathan Harvey

Description
chamber orchestra
Duration
16
Genres
Small Orchestra
Instrumentation
2(I=picc.II=afl).2(I=wdbl).2(II=wdbl).2(I=crot) - 2100 - perc(1): mar/crot - synth (e.g. Yamaha SY77) - harp - strings (min 5.4.3.2.1) Electronics: synth or sampler, small mixer
Commission
Commissioned by the British Library to celebrate the opening of Sir Colin St John Wilson's new building on 13 June 1998
First Performance
13.6.98, The British Library, London: Sinfonia 21/Martyn Brabbins
Availability

Score, parts and disk for SY77 for hire

Programme Notes
Death constantly unweaves the thoughts that we have, in the course of our lives, so painstakingly woven together. Books obstruct His work, persistently defying the rapid crumbling of our edifices of thought and memory whose only hope might or might not have been to trickle through in merely oral traditions. On reading Plato or the Nag Hammadi library or Boethius or Aquinas or Rumi or Woolf we foil Him and are, momentarily, triumphant. He has not ruined everything. He gets his spoke in, of course, in that when we read we change through our own colour of spectacles what has been preserved. But the decay is infinitely slower than it would have been without the written word. Books also call across space. This piece of music also does both, as metaphor. Calling Across Time was commissioned by The British Library to celebrate the opening of its new building - designed by Colin St. John Wilson - on June 13th 1998. Jonathan Harvey

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