Instrumentation

2(II=picc).2.2(II=bcl).2(II=cbsn) – 2200 – perc(1): large tam-t/4 gongs/4 bamboo clusters/10 small bowls and bells/4 Japanese rins/3 crot/2 susp.bells/wdbl – strings (min 7.6.4.3.3)

Availability

Score 0571520510 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

Tranquil Abiding is a Buddhist term for a state of single-pointed concentration. This piece is a 14-minute movement based throughout on a single, slow breathing rhythm. The rhythm consists of an “inhalation” on an upper note followed by an “exhalation” on a lower one. There are melodic fragments above it: one using only one pitch, another three pitches, another five pitches, another eight pitches and a fifth fifteen pitches. It is scored for small orchestra and was commissioned jointly by Riverside Symphony and Bournemouth Orchestras as the result, respectively, of a Koussevitsky award and funds provided by the Arts Council of England. JH

Tranquil Abiding

Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle (Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany)

Jugendsinfonieorchester Sachsen Anhalt, Michael Wendeberg

Tranquil Abiding

Theater an der Ilmenau (Uelzen, Niedersachsen, Germany)

Jugendsinfonieorchester Sachsen Anhalt, Michael Wendeberg

Tranquil Abiding

No Venue (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Steven Loy, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

Tranquil Abiding

ABC Classic FM (Australia)

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Eric Dudley

Tranquil Abiding

Ulumbarra Theatre (Bendigo, VIC, Australia)

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Eric Dudley