Instrumentation

picc.2(II=picc).2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn - 4.ptpt.2.3.0 - perc(4): BD/crot/t.bells/4 susp.cym/mar/gong/glsp/TD/vib/tam-t/timp - harp - pno - synth(yamaha DX7(II)D or F-D) - strings(vln=3 equal parts: min 8.8.8) Extra groups: 20 recorders: 10 sopraninos (3=garklein).10 descant(3=garklein): 7 steel drum: brass: 4 hn.4 trbn.3 tpt.ptpt - choir (approx 60 - 100 children's voices)- perc:(min 10) 6 pairs of claves/4 pair large cyms

Availability

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Programme Notes

The forces used in this short work are huge – a full symphony orchestra, a large group of recorders, extra brass and percussion, a steel drum ensemble, a powerful synthesizer and children’s chorus. The atmosphere of the piece, however, is above all one of meditation, and the vast forces are employed rather as a wide palette of instrumental colour than for massed effects. The piece progresses as a processional, setting off in darkness with percussive pulses and swooping synthesizer glissandi. One by one the extra groups of players enter – the steel drums acting as a “gamelan”, the chorus chanting sol-fa, virtuoso recorder flourishes and antiphonal brass calls. As the instrumental forces accumulate the piece builds towards a radiant conclusion.

© George Benjamin

Jubilation

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, George Benjamin

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No Venue (San Francisco, CA, USA)

David Robertson, San Francisco Symphony

Jubilation

No Venue (San Francisco, CA, USA)

David Robertson, San Francisco Symphony

Jubilation

No Venue (San Francisco, CA, USA)

David Robertson, San Francisco Symphony

Jubilation

No Venue (San Francisco, CA, USA)

David Robertson, San Francisco Symphony