de sol y grana

(2011)

by Martin Suckling

Description
solo violin and 14 players
Duration
15
Genres
Solo Instrument with Ensemble
Instrumentation
2(I=picc, II=bfl + picc).1.1(in A + bcl in Bb).0 - 1.1 in Bb(= in D).1.0 - perc(1): vib/mar/cabasa/susp.cym (bowed) - pno (=cabasa) - solo vln - 0221
Commission
Commissioned by London Music Masters
First Performance
12.12.2011, Spitalfields Winter Festival, Shoreditch Church, London, UK: Agata Szymczewska/London Contemporary Orchestra/Hugh Brunt
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Programme Notes
The title is a line from a poem by Antonio Machado, and roughly translates as “of sun(light) and scarlet”. In this poem he likens his songs to bubbles, and describes his delight at watching them set off, float in the air, glimmer (with sunlight and scarlet), and then burst. The nine short sections of this violin concerto are little bubbles of music in which the violin and ensemble come into a particular relationship and hover there for a few moments before disintegrating into something new. Each ‘bubble’ behaves quite differently: some hang in the air relatively serenely while others are considerably more volatile and unpredictable. Martin Suckling

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