Instrumentation – 2 hn – perc(1): t.bells/crot/SD/susp.cym – vln.db – concertante string trio (vln.vla.vlc)


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Programme Notes

HIDDEN VOICE (2) is a companion piece to my HIDDEN VOICE (1). The basic idea is that the principal material - rather chorale or song-like – is played very softly and tenderly throughout and is often almost hidden by the other sounds of the ensemble. Referring to Baudelaire's 'douce langue natale’ the music invokes the secret language of the 'mother' or God or of a past life - however the most intimate inner voice is described: the voice that is usually suppressed in the psychology of ordinary life but which occasionally and sensationally surfaces. The two layers of the music are an expressionistic string trio which is violently active, and behind it, in the distance, the winds which remain serene, slow and chorale-like, in a different time-world, turning round and round on the same few chords and eventually transforming into a gentle lullaby of sweetness. The trio also transforms - into an ethereal weightless and rapid sheen. There is also a third layer played back electronically from distant speakers; this echoes the first movement in a dream like memory giving a vast spatial expansion to the inner memories. Hidden Voice (2) was written for and commissioned by two ensembles to which I am very attached: Sinfonia 21 and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, to whose tenth birthday celebrations this is a small contribution. My thanks also to the Arts Council of England for help with the English part... Jonathan Harvey

Hidden Voice 2

No Venue (Cairo, Egypt)

Cairo Conservatoire

Hidden Voice 2

Betty Oliphant Theatre, R.A. Laidlaw Centre (Toronto, ON, Canada)

New Music Concerts Ensemble

Hidden Voice 2

Suntory Hall (Tokyo, Japan)

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Numajiri Ryusuke

Hidden Voice 2

No Venue (Kraków, Poland)

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Hidden Voice 2

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands)

ASKO Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble