Instrumentation

fl(=2 crot).cl(=xyl/tgl) – perc(1): 2 wdbl/5 tpl.bl/mokubio/xyl/tgl/3 crot/handbell/2 susp.cym/3 gong/tam-t/2 congas/rototom – pno(=crot/claves/SD) – vlc(=handbell)

Availability

A4 score 0571555551 (fp) on sale, parts on hire

Programme Notes

Concelebration is a ritualistic work in which the four melodic instruments go their own ways and yet from time to time meet and ‘dance’ together. A starting point was Bishop John of Winchester’s fine book on the Holy Spirit – The Go-Between God. The work is dedicated to him. Each instrument plays a set of duration cycles. The flute has 7 cycles, the clarinet 5, the piano 3 and the cello 2, so they never coincide except at the beginning and end of the piece – ‘going their own ways’. Each cycle is marked at the beginning by a bell sound, and at each subdivision by a woodblock or temple block sound, one stroke for the first subdivision, two for the second, three for the third and so on until the cycle is finished and the same happens all over again. The 7 flute cycles happen fastest, the 2 cello ones slowest. Within these cycles, the subdivisions have always the following order of characteristics: (1) silent (or percussion sounds), (2) gentle and static, (3) energetic and mobile. So there is a constant flux from ‘meditation’ to ‘being’ to ‘becoming’, and one instrument may be playing one type whilst another is playing a different, opposed one; but sometimes they agree, and then there is a celebration. Jonathan Harvey

Concelebration

Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center (New York City, NY, USA)

New York New Music Ensemble

Concelebration

New England Conservatory (Boston, MA, USA)

Six hours of new music, performed by the faculty and fellows of SICPP

Concelebration

No Venue (Rome, Lazio, Italy)

Alter Ego Ensemble

Concelebration

Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center (New York City, NY, USA)

Louis Conte, New York New Music Ensemble

Concelebration

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Louis Conte, New York New Music Ensemble