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Boosey & Hawkes eQuarternotes – December 2016
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Stravinsky’s Funeral Song travels the globe

Igor Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, a long lost orchestral memorial to his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, received its first performance in 107 years on 2 December in St Petersburg, conducted by Valery Gergiev and live streamed from the Mariinsky Theatre.

Orchestras have swiftly added the 12-minute work to their current seasons, with premieres confirmed in 16 countries, including performances conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit and Simon Rattle.

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Turnage Remembering and Martland Memorial

Mark-Anthony Turnage introduces two new works premiered in London in coming months, exploring the theme of remembrance in radically different ways.

Remembering was written as a tribute to guitarist John Scofield’s son Evan with first performances conducted by Simon Rattle in London and Berlin. Martland Memorial is fronted by Colin Currie as percussion soloist in a cortège and sequence of dance movements.

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Adams conducts LSO in London and Paris

This month sees John Adams conducting El Niño and Scheherazade.2 with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London and within an Adams weekend at the Philharmonie in Paris.

In honour of his 70th birthday in February, Faber & Faber has published a paperback edition of Adams’s Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life, providing an absorbing journey through the composer’s creative landscape.

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Gruber’s Piano Concerto for Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax is soloist in HK Gruber’s new Piano Concerto, with first performances by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert in January and the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle in March.

The composer describes how the soloist in the 23-minute work is “at the tip of a symphonic iceberg. The orchestra provides an echo chamber for the material of the pianist, resonated through tuned percussion and harp.”

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Michel van der Aa: festive feature in Helsinki

Michel van der Aa travels to Finland in the New Year for a feature at the Music Nova festival (1-12 February), introducing three major works to Helsinki audiences.

The Finnish premiere of his 3D opera Blank Out follows stagings in Amsterdam, Rome and Beijing, with further dates planned in Lucerne and New York. Also featured in Helsinki are Spaces of Blank for mezzo and orchestra and Hysteresis with Kari Kriikku as virtuoso clarinet soloist.

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Birtwistle’s The Last Supper served in Glasgow

Harrison Birtwistle’s opera, The Last Supper, receives a semi-staged performance in Glasgow on 14 January, with Roderick Williams leading the disciples and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins.

Birtwistle’s ritualistic drama, premiered in 2000, looks back two millennia to the birth of Christianity, exploring the mythologising of the moment and the theme of betrayal that has resonated down the centuries.

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Online Scores: New Additions to Website


Latest new works viewable in our free digitised library of full scores include Anna Clyne’s Abstractions for orchestra, HK Gruber’s trumpet concerto Aerial, Karl Jenkins’s Cantata Memoria and James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater. Recently added classics include Bernstein’s film score for On the Waterfront and Strauss’s Salome’s Dance

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News in Brief

> Andriessen awarded New York Philharmonic’s Kravis Prize
> Christopher Rouse: Organ Concerto reviews from Philadelphia
> Reich album releases surrounding 80th birthday
> Karl Jenkins: Cantata Memoria at Carnegie Hall
> Offenbach’s opera Fantasio returns to Paris stage

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Stravinsky: How was Funeral Song lost and found?

Stravinsky Funeral Song trailer

This web trailer on Mariinsky.tv details the rediscovery of Stravinsky’s Funeral Song. Dr Natalia Braginskaya explains how the performing materials went missing in the Soviet era and were found last year in the library of the St Petersburg Conservatory, attracting worldwide interest.

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 Recordings


Adams Scheherazade.2John Adams
Scheherazade.2
Leila Josefowicz/
St Louis Symphony/
David Robertson
Nonesuch 557170

The premiere recording of Adams’s dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra gives a voice to the Scheherazades of our own time.


Ginastera Harp ConcertoAlberto Ginastera
Harp Concerto
Yolanda Kondonassis/
Oberlin Orchestra/
Raphael Jiménez
Oberlin Music OC 1604

Honouring the Ginastera centenary, this new collection includes his popular Harp Concerto, performed worldwide in 2017.


Copland Short SymphonyAaron Copland
Short Symphony
BBC Philharmonic/
John Wilson
Chandos CHSA 5171

This second album in Chandos’s Copland orchestral series includes his rarely heard Short Symphony in a sparkling performance under John Wilson.

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 Premieres


Elena Kats-Chernin
Miniatures for Strings

7 December 2016
Recital Hall, Melbourne
Australian Chamber Orchestra/
Richard Tognetti

HK Gruber
Piano Concerto
5 January 2017
Lincoln Center, New York
Emanuel Ax/
New York Philharmonic/
Alan Gilbert

Mark-Anthony Turnage
Remembering
19 January 2017
Barbican, London
London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle

Christopher Rouse
Symphony No.5
10 February 2017
Meyerson Symphony
Center, Dallas
Dallas Symphony Orch/
Jaap van Zweden

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