Instrumentation

3(II=picc.III=afl).3(III=ca).3(I+II=Ebcl.III=bcl).ssax.asax.1.2 cbsn - 5.ptpt.2.3.1 - timp - perc(3): claves/vibraslap/2/3 hi-hat/2 BD/tamb/4 wdbl/4 c.bells/tam-t/whip/afuche (cabaca)/2 log drum/SD/6 tpl.bl/jingles - pno - harp - strings

Availability

Score 0-571-51261-5 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

I wrote 'The Barber’s Timepiece' in the spring of 1986 for the orchestra of the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. The title came to me after the music had been completed; it comes from one of Italo Calvino’s retellings of Italian folk tales. The story tells of a clock that had kept perfect time for centuries without being wound up. “The barber had wound it up just once, and from then on, ticktock, ticktock, ticktock. . .” “. . .People from all over were accustomed to run to his shop to ask the clock things they needed to know.” . . . . . .”Oh clock, oh clock, when will my tribulations end? Tell me, for pity’s sake, when to expect Death?” . . . . . .”TickTock, TickTock, TickTock, For him who sings no song, Life may be very long.”

© John Woolrich

Barber's Timepiece, The

repeated at 8.45pm

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Barber's Timepiece, The

from NMC disc

Radio France (France)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Barber's Timepiece, The

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Barber's Timepiece, The

Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, United Kingdom)

Ben Ellin, The Alliance Symphony Orchestra

Barber's Timepiece, The

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins