Vivo

Colin Matthews (1946)

Vivo 2002

3333 - 4231 - timp - perc(2) - harp - strings
Duration 
5
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Commissioner 
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'Vivo' means lively, and applies to just over half of this four-and-a-half-minute work. There's a clear divison into two parts, the second of which takes over and radically slows down the descending chords which figure as part of the musical material tossed around rather frenetically in the first part. The fast music returns at the end of the piece, which is dedicated to my wife Belinda - who often complains that I tend to end works softly, although not in this case.

Colin Matthews

Performances 
7.11.02, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester: Hallé Orchestra / Mark Elder
26.7.03 BBC Proms, London: Hallé Orchestra / Mark Elder
11.1.04 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam: Hallé Orchestra / Mark Elder
9.9.06 BBC Proms, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra / Mark Elder
20.10.12 Alexandria, LA, USA: Rapides Symphony Orchestra / Joshua Zona
3
Flute
3rd alto flute
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
3
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
2
Percussion
anvils, glockenspiel, metal pipes (scaffolding), tam-tam
1
Harp
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