Two weeks ago, Mario Caroli, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, Donatienne-Michel Dansac and Vincent Leterme gave the premiere of my new piece for flute, soprano saxophone, voice and piano, Small Atlas, as part of the closing concerts for the Acanthes 2011 composition workshops. Their rendition was crisp, extremely clear and — unsurprisingly — far more integrated than ‘clean’ recordings made earlier in the week. Here it is for you to listen to at your leisure. I recommend the free download as the streaming audio seems to do something funny to saxophone multiphonics.
My article, ‘Into the Lion’s Den: Helmut Lachenmann at 75’, published in the July issue of Tempo, is now available from Cambridge Journals Online. The piece takes a look at Lachenmann’s reception in the Anglophone music world as well as touching on his musical and aesthetic development. It is unfortunately necessarily superficial in some respects, but hopefully will offer a slightly more current perspective on the state of research into his music and writings than was previously available. Access to Cambridge Journals Online is restricted to those with subscriptions or institutional memberships, so if anyone is interested and can’t access the article this way, please get in touch.
This evening, Small Atlas will be premiered at the Arsenal in Metz, France, by Mario Caroli, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, Donatienne Michel-Dansac and Vincent Leterme. This fantastic quartet of musicians (pictured below) has been excellent to work with so far and I look forward to hearing the piece take shape in performance.
For those not in Metz, here is a flavour of what’s in store from the recording made during our workshop-rehearsal yesterday:
I’m in Metz, France, for two weeks for the Centre Acanthes series of workshops and lectures, which will include workshops of my new piece for flute, soprano saxophone, voice and piano, Small Atlas, the first of which is tomorrow morning. The players are Mario Caroli (flute), Pierre-Stéphane Meugé (saxophone), Donatienne Michel-Dansac (voice) and Vincent Leterme (piano). Unsuk Chin, Philippe Hurel and Oscar Strasnoy are on the composition faculty, while Mario Caroli and Andrew Zolinsky are giving flute and piano masterclasses respectively. Tonight, Alexandre Tharaud gives a piano recital of works by Domenico Scarlatti, Thierry Pécou, Oscar Strasnoy, Gérard Pesson and Mauricio Kagel.
Two weeks ago King Edward Musical Society premiered my orchestral piece, June Unfolding, written for the occasion — a special concert marking the 750th anniversary of Macclesfield’s Royal Charter. The result was recorded by BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast later this year, but in the meantime, here is a short excerpt from the first half of the piece (which is around 12 minutes long in total) from a ‘bootleg’ recording by a friend. While listening, get a feel for the concert’s sights with photos taken by Gareth Hacking on the night, some of which I’ve also included below. Thanks again to everyone involved in making the night such a great success, from musicians to fire stewards.