Mozart Sampler with Ground

Anthony Gilbert (1934)

Mozart Sampler with Ground 1991

2222 - 2000 - strings (11111)
Duration 
10
Commissioner 
Publisher 

Commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1991 for the bicentenary of Mozart’s death, this 10-minute orchestral piece is a gentle reflection upon sampled passages from the G-minor Symphony KV 550 – predominantly the Andante. A ground-line is formed from the sequence of pitch-letters in Mozart’s given names: Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Theophilus, and is decorated by the Mozart and other related material. The ‘sampler’ in the title refers as much to this process as to the traditional exercise in decorative embroidery particularly fashionable in Mozart’s time.

Anthony Gilbert

Performances 
5.12.91 BBC Maida Vale, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Davis
23.6.06 BBC Maida Vale, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra / Zsolt Nagy
September 2006 German tour: Neue Elbland Philharmonie / Christian Voss
2
Flute
2nd doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2nd bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2
Horn
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
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