Instrumentation

fl(=picc).cl - perc(1): xylrim/glsp/crot/2 susp.cym/tgl/2 tpl.bl - cel - vln.vla.vlc.db

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Score 0-571-50808-1 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

This piece received its première at my London debut in February 1979 under the auspices of the Redcliffe Concerts of British Music. Sketching was begun only months after the conclusion of my studies with Olivier Messiaen: the Octet was very much my first attempt to integrate all that I had learnt in Paris on an instrumental canvas. The whole work (scored for flute, clarinet, percussion, celesta and four strings) has a general scherzando character, occasionally punctured by moments of lyricism or strident dynamism.

© George Benjamin

Octet

No Venue (USA)

University of Maryland School of Music

Octet

Wigmore Hall (London, United Kingdom)

RNCM New Ensemble

Octet

Kleiner Saal, Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany)

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

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Octet

Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie (Berlin, Germany)

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

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Octet

Recital Hall, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom)

Callum Smart, RNCM New Ensemble, Mark Heron, Jack Sheen, Laurent Zufferey