When Adam Fell

Alexander Goehr (1932)

When Adam Fell 2010-2011

3(3.afl&pic).2(2.ca).3(2.bcl,3.Ebcl).2(2.cbsn)-3.2.3.0-2perc(crots with bow, 2tri, 2tamb, guiro, bell tree, lion's roar, slit drum)-hp-str
Duration 
15
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Commissioner 
Publisher 

This composition takes its title from the Chorale by Bach, Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt and is based on the extraordinary chromatic bass which Bach invented for his setting. ‘My own composition might be described as a kind of Chorale Prelude consisting of a number of settings of Bach’s complete bass-line falling from high up at the opening to extreme depths at the end, with juxtaposed sections based on a contrasting rising melody.'

Alexander Goehr

Performances 
13.1.12, Barbican Hall, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen
3
Flute
III+afl+picc
2
Oboe
II+ca
3
Clarinet
II+bcl, III+Ebcl
2
Bassoon
II+cbsn
3
Horn
2
Trumpet
in C
3
Trombone
2
Percussion
crotales with bow, slit drum, 2 triangles, 2 tambourines, guiro, bell tree, lion's roar,
1
Harp
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