Spleen: A Land of Rain


medium voice and ensemble of 17 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble, Soprano
Charles Baudelaire (translated Nicholas Moore)
1(=picc+afl).1(=ca).1(=ebcl).bcl.ssax.1(=cbsn) – 1.1(=fl.hn).1.0 – perc(1): vib/susp.cym/hi-hat/tgl/referee’s whistle/sleighbells/vibraslap/metal ratchet/3 c.bells/scaffolding tube/BD (with foot pedal)/tam-t (with bow) – harp – pno – strings (
medium voice

Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with financial assistance from the Arts Council England and the following individuals through BCMG’s Sound Investment Scheme:

Kiaran Asthana
Viv & Hazel Astling
Paul & Jean Bacon
John Barnden
Luc Boutsen
Avis & Peter Burton
Alan Carr
Christopher Carrier
Ian Christmas
John Christophers
Paul Clugston
Simon Collings
Alan Cook
Kath England
Peter Fell
Anne Fletcher
Wally Francis
Maggie Giraud
Nigel Goulty
Jim Hawkins
Gina Hayes (In Memory of John Hayes)
Philip Hunt
Danielle Hurley
Stephen Johnson
Martyn Leighton
Peter Marsh
Amanda Cadman & Peter T Marsh
Paul Mason
Judith Matthews
Frank North
Tarik O'Regan
Geoff Peace
Rosalyn & Philip Phillips
Simon Purkess
Paul Reading
Jean Riordan
Elizabeth Robinson
Mark Robinson & Sally Standart
Stephen Saltaire
Maureen & William Scott
Howard Skempton
John Smaje
Ted Spiller
Michael & Sandra Squires
Richard & Carolyn Sugden
Anne & John Sweet
Janet Upward
Hannah Vlcek
Owen Watkins
Alan Woodfield


First Performance
10.6.17, CBSO Centre, Birmingham, UK: Claire Booth/BCMG/Oliver Knussen

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