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3(III=picc).3(III=ca).3(I=Ebcl.III=bcl).2 - 4431 - timp - perc: susp.cym/hi-hat/clash.cym/lion's roar/BD - strings

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Commissioned by the CBSO, ‘Falling Down’ is one of those rare creatures, a concerto for contrabassoon and orchestra. The title explains itself: the piece begins and ends with music that tumbles from the top of the orchestra down to the depths where the contra lives. The dialogue in between is a dark capriccio intercut with lyrical moments. The orchestra isn’t set in opposition to the soloist (except in strength of numbers); other deep and dark instruments (tuba, cor anglais, bass drum and lion’s roar) have parts to play. There is a concertante part for two sets of timpani placed on opposite sides of the stage. ‘Falling Down’ is dedicated to Margaret Cookhorn, the CBSO’s wonderful contra player.

© John Woolrich

Falling Down

+ live broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC 4 (iPlayer only)

Royal Albert Hall (London, United Kingdom)

Margaret Cookhorn, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Falling Down

Symphony Hall (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Margaret Cookhorn

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Falling Down

Symphony Hall (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Margaret Cookhorn