Argentum

Dani Howard (1993)

Argentum 2017

3333 - 4331 - timp - perc(3) - harp - strings
Duration 
6
Genre 

Argentum [Latin for silver] is a short, vibrant and fun, yet reflective piece centred around celebration. Not only was it commissioned by ClassicFM for its silver anniversary, but it is dedicated to my two great friends Chris Oakley and Steven Christie in commemorationof their marriage earlier this year.

Any celebration is a perfect opportunity to bring people together and experience joy, and it also offers the chance to look back at the journey and reflect on the hurdles and milestones that have brought us to that moment. Almost serving as a musical soundtrack, my aim with this piece is to encompass all of the emotions that any relationship, whether personal or professional, might experience in a journey of development and discovery; thematic ideas that are introduced in isolation at the beginning begin to intertwine as the piece progresses, building into a climatic finale, offering a clear sense of happiness and pride for what has been accomplished. I would like to thank ClassicFM and the Royal Philharmonic Society for this commission, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for their kind support throughout the process.

Dani Howard

Comments 

Commissioned by ClassicFM and the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2017 for ClassicFM's 25th Anniversary Concert.

The piece is celebratory.

Performances 
7.9.17 Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Michael Seal
3.4.18 Royal Albert Hall, London: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Maxime Tortelier
3
Flute
3
Oboe
3
Clarinet
3rd doubling bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
3
Percussion
vibraphone, cymbals, bass drum, snare drum, triangle
1
Harp
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