Instrumentation

3(II=afl+picc.III=picc).3(III=ca).3(II=Ebcl.III=bcl).2.cbsn - 6441 - timp - perc(4): sleigh bells/claves/4 spring coils/4 bongos/2 tam-t/BD+cym/2 log drum/2 hi-hat/boobams/4 tpl.bl/BD/2 BD+foot ped/2 congas - harp - strings

Availability

Score and parts for hire

Programme Notes

In much of my recent music I have been preoccupied with the place where rational organisation and intuition meet. I like order and disorder equally, but I particularly like the moment where one slides into the other and the ghost appears in the machine (or the machine in the ghost). I stole the title (but nothing else) from Arthur Koestler’s book. 'The Ghost in the Machine' is a fifteen minute accelerando for large orchestra. A huge melody, built in a slightly mediaeval way, unwinds throughout its course: heard first (a la Mahler) on six unison horns before passing through the violas to unison woodwind and the trombones before finally returning to the horns. Behind this tenor, a battery of percussion spasmodically ticks like a massive, broken clock. 'The Ghost in the Machine' was commissioned by the BBC.

© John Woolrich

Ghost in the Machine, The

repeated at 8.45pm

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Ghost in the Machine, The

St John's Smith Square (London, United Kingdom)

Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Russell Keable

Ghost in the Machine, The

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Davis

Ghost in the Machine, The

UK Premiere

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Davis

Ghost in the Machine, The

Delayed Relay

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Davis