Double Mercury


by John Woolrich

Full Orchestra
2 picc.1.2(I+II=ca).1.bcl(=Ebcl).1.cbsn - 4220 - perc(2): 2 hi-hat/susp.cym/2 clashed cym/2 tam-t/4 wdbl/logdrums/tapan/2 guero/12 tom-t/2 BD/lions roar - harp (with amplification) - strings
Commissioned jointly by the BBC and the Britten Sinfonia
First Performance
27.8.03, UK, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London: Britten Sinfonia/Nicholas Cleobury

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Commissioned jointly by the BBC and the Britten Sinfonia. 'Double Mercury' takes inspiration from Ovid and is about transformations and metamorphoses. There is a double meaning: on the one hand, Mercury the God changed between old and young and on the other, mercury as an element is a chemical agent to stimulate change. John Woolrich

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