World in the Evening, The


by Nicholas Maw

Full Orchestra
2(II=picc).2(II=ca).2.2(II=cbsn) - 4330 - timp - perc(1): TD/BD/cyms/susp.cym/tam-t/whip/tgl/bells - harp - strings
Commissioned by the Royal Opera House with funds from the David S Cohen Foundation
First Performance
21.10.88, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Royal Opera House Orchestra/Bernard Haitink

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'The World in the Evening' reviews

'… begins with quiet, charged fragments, like late Mahler, but the process of building from them immediately takes on its own character and gives rise to long, apparently free but carefully shaped melodic lines. At first the harmonies are gentle. A glint of Stravinskian asperity in the high woodwind is mellowed by the song of the strings below it. The central part of the piece is night music, scurrying triplets then snarls and roars from trombones, predominantly uneasy, rather than directly f Read more

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