Olicantus

(2002)

by George Benjamin

Description
chamber ensemble of 15 players
Duration
4
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
2 fl. 2 bcl (I = cl) - 2 hn - perc(2): vib/t.bells - celesta - harp - single strings
Commission

Written as a surprise 50th birthday tribute to Oliver Knussen

First Performance
12.6.2002, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK: London Sinfonietta/George Benjamin
Availability

Score 0-571-52431-1 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

This very gentle and simple piece was written as a surprise 50th birthday gift for my great friend and colleague, Oliver Knussen. Scored for a mellow group of 15 players - including prominent parts for ‘cello solo and a pair of bass clarinets - its first performance was given by the London Sinfonietta (under my baton) on 12th June 2002.

George Benjamin

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