Antic Rounds


chamber ensemble of 17 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
1(=picc).1(=ca).1(=E♭cl).1 - 1110 - timp - perc(1): mar/crot/t.bells - 2 vln.2 vla.2 vlc.2 db

Commissioned by Bangor New Music Festival as a result of winning the William Mathias Composition Prize.

First Performance
14.3.2014, Bangor New Music Festival, Bangor University, Bangor, UK: Orchestra of the Swan/David Curtis

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Programme Notes

According to Albert Braunmuller, the ‘antic round’ that the witch mentions in Shakespeare’s Macbeth refers to ‘a macabre version of a Jacobean courtly entertainment’. Although the three movements of my ‘Antic Rounds’ may share some of this spirit in places, the title came about because much of the music was constructed from canons or ‘rounds’. These rounds are sometimes complex, sometimes simple; sometimes audible, sometimes heavily concealed; sometimes a momentary alignment, sometimes forming the backbone of whole sections of music. The piece was commissioned by the Bangor New Music Festival.

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