Instrumentation

4(IV=picc).2.ca.4.2.cbsn – 4331 – timp – perc(4): 2 susp.cym/glsp/3 wdbl/tam-t/BD/tgl/TD/vib/spring coil/whip/SD – harp – cel(=keyboard glsp ad lib) – strings (min 12.10.8.6.6)

Availability

Score 0-571-51459-6 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

Flourish with Fireworks, written in August and September 1988, is neither more nor less than its title implies – a two-minute celebratory ‘opener’ for Michael Tilson Thomas’ first season as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. But it is, therefore, a triple homage: to Michael, who has been a close and supportive friend to me and my music for 18 years, since we met backstage at his British debut with the LSO and subsequently at Tanglewood in 1970; to the LSO itself – the orchestra which was ‘home’ to me as a child, when my father was principle double bass and Pierre Monteux the principal conductor, and was later the first major orchestra to play my music in public; and lastly to Stravinsky, a composer for whom Michael Tilson Thomas and I have shared a special affection. The ‘Fireworks’ of the title are Stravinsky’s earlier ones, and the music is built form the initials of the LSO (A, E-flat, G) and MTT (E, B, B) subjected to constant variation, sometimes of a kind now unknown to the later Stravinsky.

© Oliver Knussen

Flourish with Fireworks

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom)

The Purcell School Orchestra, Paul Hoskins

Flourish with Fireworks

Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Leila Josefowicz, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki

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Flourish with Fireworks

Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Leila Josefowicz, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki

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Flourish with Fireworks

encore

Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Snape, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

Flourish with Fireworks

Afternoon Concert

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Moritz Gnann