Instrumentation

cl.vln.vlc.pno

Availability

Score 0571517153 on sale, parts on special sale from the Hire Library

Programme Notes

Purcell’s only five-part fantazia (Z745) gains its title ‘upon one note’ from the middle C which sounds throughout. From the first bar Oliver Knussen begins to distort the rhythms and pitches of his model while retaining the fixed C, which thus finds itself surrounded occasionally by very alien harmony indeed. As though out of a mist, the diatonic tonality of the original emerges from time to time to mark the ends of the sections, which follow the same plan as those of Fantazia 7 (Benjamin). During the final fast section Purcell’s music re-asserts itself unequivocally so that the closing bars are entirely as he wrote them.

© Mark Edgley Smith

...upon one note

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom)

The Purcell School

...upon one note

Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8: Tribute to Oliver Knussen Repeat

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Knussen Chamber Orchestra, Ryan Wigglesworth

...upon one note

Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8: Tribute to Oliver Knussen

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Knussen Chamber Orchestra, Ryan Wigglesworth

...upon one note

Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8: Tribute to Oliver Knussen

Cadogan Hall (London, United Kingdom)

Knussen Chamber Orchestra, Ryan Wigglesworth

...upon one note

St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel (York, United Kingdom)

Dr K Sextet

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