Fruitmarket

Catherine Kontz (1976)

Fruitmarket 2016

2222 - 2212 - perc(4) - harp - strings (86331)
Duration 
18
Genre 
Commissioner 

The orchestral piece was written as a spatial work for the Old Fruitmarket venue in Glasgow and uses a special seating plan. By positioning the musicians all around the hall, including the upper galleries, I explore the natural surround sound of this old market space and create, as it were, an off-the-wall market visit for the preambulating audience. In fact, the structure of the piece takes the listener from the clanks of setting-up stalls, via some vociferous market trading, all the way ’til market closing time. The musical material is derived from transcriptions of market vendors’ calls and shouts collected from around the world. The sound of scaffold tubes within the percussion parts forms the backbone of the piece and brings alive the counterpoint of rhythms and melodies from the markets of Taiwan, Morocco, Greece and Peru as well as the streets of Italy, India, Spain and the UK, to name just a few. The piece can also be performed in a more traditional setting, with the full orchestra on stage, if it is not possible to re-create the original seating arrangement.

Catherine Kontz

Performances 
7.5.16 Old Fruitmarket, City Halls, Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov
2
Flute
2nd piccolo
2
Oboe
2nd cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2nd bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2
Horn
2
Trumpet
in C
1
Trombone
2
Tuba
or sousaphones
4
Percussion
steel bars (small and large), suspended cymbal, snare drum, small gong, glockenspiel, boxing bell, waterphone, wind chimes, triangle, cheese scraper, tom-tom, low octave of crotales, cabassa, brick and hammer, wine glasses, ratchet, slapstick, low octave croatles
8
Violin
6
Violin II
3
Viola
3
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Harp
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