To See the Dark Between

(2010)

by Martin Suckling

Description
piano and string sextet
Duration
10
Genres
Solo Instrument with Ensemble
Instrumentation
pno - 2 vln.2 vla.2 vcl
Commission
Martin Suckling was one of the winners of the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and was consequently commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Wigmore Hall to write this work for the Aronowitz Ensemble.
First Performance
9.5.10. Wigmore Hall, London, UK: Aronowitz Ensemble
Availability

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Programme Notes
To See the Dark Between takes snapshots of what could be imagined as progressively higher magnifications of the initial piano stroke. Initially all that can be heard are static chords, but gradually these turn into polyphonic melodies, as though glimpsed through fog. Suddenly the perspective changes and the sustained notes break up into pinprick cascades of notes, a mad guitar accompanying lamenting string melodies. After an ornate trio, a further increase in magnification reveals a swirling polyphony of dances, all ‘as though’ contained within the violent piano opening that also closes the piece. Alternatively, it could be seen as a series of ways in which the piano can be brought into a relationship with the strings. The strings emerge from the opening percussive attacks, fused to the piano sound. Then strings and piano collaborate in a pizzicato/staccato clouds, before the sustaining power of the piano’s low register is explored next to the two cellos. Finally, the ensemble breaks into independent strands, the strings providing a song and a pair of dances, with the piano interjecting with sparkling arpeggios. Martin Suckling was one of the winners of the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and was consequently commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Wigmore Hall to write this work for the Aronowitz Ensemble. (Martin Suckling)

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