Renewal

Colin Matthews (1946)

Renewal 1991-1996

3353 - 6431 - timp - perc(4) - pno(=cel) - harp - strings (pref min 14.12.10.10.8)
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54
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Intrada - Threnody - Broken Symmetry - Metamorphosis
Renewal owes its origins to a remark I made at the pre-concert talk for the first performance, in the spring of 1992, of what has now become its third part. I said then that I had thought of Broken Symmetry as perhaps the scherzo of a ‘mega-work’. After its second performance, at the Proms that same year, Nicholas Kenyon reminded me of what I had said, and asked me when I was going to write the rest of it. Although I hadn’t really thought through the implications of writing something on such a large scale (Broken Symmetry alone lasts a little over twenty minutes) the idea of doing something gradually grew, and the prospect of composing a work to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Third Programme – only a few months younger than myself – made it concrete.

Colin Matthews

(Extract only from longer programme note)

Performances 
29.9.96, Royal Festival Hall, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Oliver Knussen
3.10.02 Barbican Hall, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Andrew Davis
3
Flute
2nd doubling piccolo, 3rd alto flute
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
5
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet, 4th contrabass clarinet, 5th Eb clarinet
2
Bassoon
6
Horn
4
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
4
Percussion
3 bass drum (one with foot pedal), 12 tom-toms, 2 tenor drums, 3 tam-tam, 3 suspended cymbal, 2 hi-hat, 6 cow bells, lujon, tubular bells, 2 vibraphone, 2 glockenspiel, crotales, 2 sizzle cymbal, tambourine, log drum, guiro, ratchet, 1 or 2 fishing rod reels, 1 or 2 vibraslap, maracas, sleighbells, 4 templeblocks, 2 anvil, 2 brake drum, bell tree, triangle
14
Violin
12
Violin II
10
Viola
10
Cello
8
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
doubling celesta
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