Hidden Voice 1


chamber ensemble of 13 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
picc.1.1.1(=cbsn) - 2000 - perc(1): 4 tpl.bl/small.cym/crot/t.bells - 2 vln.vla.2 vlc.db
Commissioned by Sinfonia 21 with funds generously provided by Amerada Hess Limited
First Performance
8.2.96, St John's Smith Square, London: Sinfonia 21/Martyn Brabbins

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The ‘Hidden Voice’ is a muted string instrument, first of all violin, then viola, finally cello, which sings of a secret longing – for the original language of childhood, for the devine. It always plays with normal unmuted , but feminine and delicate music on the other strings. The wind play more formal shapes – suggestive of ritual. The two horns, two cellos and tubular bells are the voice of the Master, or teacher. This eventually dissolves; it is no longer necessary. Two or three slow chords are its feature. Inner self/outer self/guide are the basic personae of the piece. It was commissioned by and dedicated to Sinfonia 21 with whom I look forward to working in my association in the coming years.

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