Crossing the Alps

(2009)

by Colin Matthews

Description
choir and optional organ
Duration
7
Genres
Mixed Voices
Text
William Wordsworth, from The Prelude, Book VI, compiled from the 1805 and 1850 versions
Languages
English
Commission

Commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra

First Performance
28.1.10, Bridgewater Hall: Hallé Choir/Markus Stenz
Availability

score on special sale

Programme Notes

I have lived with Mahler’s music for virtually all of my musical life, so this commission was one I had the greatest pleasure in accepting. But to be paired with such a monumental symphony is more than a little intimidating, and I decided early on that, in spite of the temptation to use Mahler’s huge orchestral forces, I would write a work for unaccompanied chorus. I have for a long time wanted to work again with the Hallé choir. And rather than try to emulate Mahler in any way I wanted to contrast his setting of the the Resurrection Ode with an essentially humanist message. CM

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Crossing the Alps premiere in Manchester

In the 150th anniversary year of Mahler’s birth, the Hallé Orchestra has joined with the BBC Philharmonic to present a cycle of Mahler's symphonies at the Bridgewater Hall. Read more

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