'Sparkling, louche and witty' The Observer

Instrumentation

3(III=picc).3.3(all=bcl).ssax.asax(=tsax).3(III=contraforte*) – 4331 – timp – perc(3): glsp/xyl/t.bell + bucketful of water/2 susp.cym/clash.cym/antique.cym/hi-hat.cym/siz.cym/tam-t/SD/2 kit BD/orchestral BD/small rototom/3 brake drums/high bongo/Monkey drum/3 tpl.bl/guero/2 whips/small rattle/tgl/tamb/large washboard/small anvil/vibraslap/flexatone/lion’s roar/paper bag/wood chimes/cabasa/popgun – harp – pno – strings * ossia: contrabassoon (requiring low A)

Availability

Reviews

'The opera was chamber-sized, but the suite is huge, throwing in – well, not the kitchen sink, but it does include a large washboard, an anvil, and two whips. The result is an orchestral sizzler, as if this is how the music always wanted to be.'
The Financial Times (Richard Fairman), 12 April 2018

Luxury Suite from Powder Her Face

Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre (London, United Kingdom)

Sir Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra