violin and chamber ensemble of 9 players
Solo Instrument(s) with Ensemble
fl(=afl).cl(=bcl) - perc(1): 6 gong/siz.cym/susp.cym/tam-t/2 congas/bongos/guiro/crot/shakers/sand blocks/mar - gtr - pno - harp - vln.vla.db

Commissioned by the Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain

First Performance
25.1.93, De Doelen, Rotterdam, Holland: Nieuw Ensemble/Irvine Arditti/Ed Spanjaard

Score 0-571-51883-4 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

Scena is a quasi-operatic scene either for singer and ensemble or for a singer-like solo instrument and ensemble. In this case the solo violin proceeds through several dramatic events roughly signalled in the score as Lament, Mystical Event (the arrival of woodwind), Romantic Event, Dream (slow tremolando swells) and Metamorphosis (which takes and transforms a melody - one I have used in my work Lotuses). Scena was written for Irvine Arditti and the Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam, who commissioned it with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain.

Jonathan Harvey

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'Scena' reviews

'Scena is a quasi-operatic piece: dramatic episodes are described by a solo violin with strings, harp, guitar, piano and woodwind.' The Guardian (Charlotte Higgins) May 1999 Read more

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