Curve with Plateaux

(1982)

by Jonathan Harvey

Description
solo cello
Duration
12
Genres
Cello
Instrumentation
Commission
Commissioned by Gemini
First Performance
22.6.82, St Bartholomew's Festival, Priory Church, Smithfield: Helen Verney
Availability

Score (fp) 0-571-50705-0 on sale

Programme Notes
This work takes as its starting inspiration a model of human personality. At the bottom of the cello register is the “physical” – arms, legs, muscles, etc. Next in the tenor register is the passionate level. Above that lies the level of thought, which becomes even more refined and delicate as it rises to the top of the cello where the level of transcendence is suggested. The line then curves back to its starting point and finishes with suggestions of mortality. Jonathan Harvey

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'… a piece that opens tortuously at the bottom of the instrument and becomes ever more impassioned as it progresses upwards. With its Indian inflections, hints at the sound of the sitar and chant-like intensity, this 1982 score is one of the most expressive modern works for the instrument.' The Times (John Allison) 9 May 1999 Read more

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