Second Hand Flames


Vocalise for SSATB voices
Mixed Voices
Vowel Sounds
Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta Voices by the Bath Festival
First Performance
31.5.82, Bath Festival: London Sinfonietta Voices

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Programme Notes
Colin Matthews Second Hand Flames The music of Second Hand Flames is freely derived from the chorus parts of Scriabin’s Prometheus (1911). There is no text: the vowel sounds are derived from the same source. Second Hand Flames was commissioned for the London Sinfonietta Voices by the Bath Festival Society with assistance from South West Arts, and was first performed at the Bath Festival in May 1982. Colin Matthews

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‘… Matthews generates a sustained span from the most subtly coloured cross-pulsations … the hushed ending proved memorable in its growing simplicity.’ The Sunday Telegraph (Bayan Northcott), 6 July 1982 Read more

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