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non vogliono, camminano

non vogliono, camminano is an instrumental work for ensemble drawing its inspiration from a passage found in Primo Levi’s Se questo è un uomo.

It was premiered as part of the University of Manchester’s Student Showcase of new works on May 12th at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Manchester.

Programme Notes & Instrumentation


Two things — a thousand things — meet face to face; two planets, the air on either side of a door, Leda and the Swan, Hemlock and Socrates, two hands, a river and the sea. Their orbits and collisions are history and life, the brushing and breaking of edges. Bodies, a new work for oboe and piano, is about these meetings and resolutions, about the border between being and not-being, where one body ends and another starts.

This was premiered by Emily Sleightholme, oboe, and Keith McAlister, piano, as part of the Distant Voices day focusing on the music of John White and Nina Whiteman.

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