Hidd'n Blue


Full Orchestra
picc.2.2.ca.ebcl.1.bcl.2.cbsn - 4331 - timp - perc(3): glsp/vib/xyl/mar/t.bells/crot/c.bells/susp.cym/crash.cym/sizz.cym/Chinese.cym/hi-hat.cym/2 tgl/2 temple blocks/ratchet/cabasa/sleigh bells/plastic bag full of crinkled paper/roto-t/tom-t/conga/snare drum/BD/tam- harp - pno - strings

Commissioned for the London Symphony Orchestra through the LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme, supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

First Performance
15.1.2012, Barbican Hall, London, UK: London Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Adès

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In Hidd’n Blue, a deep, mysterious blue has been overlaid with swirling, lighter colours, and the lines of music function like the trees whose branches repeatedly divide in counterpoint to the base shade.

Nowadays society is dominated by uncertainty – in this work I wanted everything to seem simultaneously safe and unbalanced. Technically, the main material of the piece is a large canon but it rarely appears on the surface of the music: it is hidden. I am very interested in the union of opposites, and the use of extreme sonorities is a constant throughout the piece.

Francisco Coll

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