Street of Crocodiles, The

(2005)

by John Woolrich

Description
piano, trumpet and strings
Duration
15
Genres
Solo Instruments with Orchestra
Instrumentation
tpt - pno - strings
Commission
Commissioned by Orchestra of the Swan, with funding from Arts Council England
First Performance
6.2.06, Civic Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Huw Watkins/Toby Coles/Orchestra of the Swan/David Curtis
Availability

score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
‘These truly noble shops, open late at night, have always been the objects of my ardent interest. Dimly lit, their dark and solemn interiors were redolent of the smell of paint, varnish and incense; of the aroma of distant countries and rare commodities. You could find in them Bengal lights, magic boxes, the stamps of long-forgotten countries, Chinese decals, indigo, calaphony from Malabar, the eggs of exotic insects, parrots, toucans, live salamanders and basilisks, mandrake roots, mechanical toys from Nuremberg, homunculi in jars, microscopes, binoculars, and, most especially, strange and rare books, old folio volumes full of astonishing engravings and amazing stories.’ Bruno Schulz: The Street of Crocodiles (1933)

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