Prologue (Silver are the tears of the moon)

David Fennessy (1976)

Prologue (Silver are the tears of the moon) 2013

3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - Table Guitar (or baritone electric guitar), timp, perc(3), pno, str(12 10 8 8 6), frog guiros
Duration 
10
Genre 
Commissioner 
Publisher 

Prologue (Silver are the tears of the moon) constitutes the first part of a trilogy of pieces I am composing based on the diaries of the German film director Werner Herzog which he kept during the troubled production of his 1982 movie Fitzcarraldo and later published as the book Conquest of the Useless. The movie itself concerns the doomed efforts of a turn of the century rubber baron to build an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle and the central, iconic image from the movie of a steamship being hauled over a mountain has been somehow translated here into a gigantic glissando, starting in the depths of the orchestra and slowly climbing. I wanted this piece to have all the grandeur and over-the-top emotions of a romantic opera overture and as I began to compose, that wish became more and more literally realised with snatches of Rigoletto writhing in the undegrowth accompanied high above by the “melancholy peeping” of tree-frogs.

David Fennessy

Performances 
11.5.13 City Halls, Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov
26.6.15 National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland: RTE National Symphony Orchestra / Courtney Lewis
3
Flute
3
Oboe
3
Clarinet
3
Bassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
3
Percussion
In addition to 3 percussionists, frog guiros or similar very small guiros are required for c.a., b. cl., cbsn., pno., vln. I (6x), vln. II (5x), vla. (8x), vc. (4x) and D.B. (3 x)
12
Violin
10
Violin II
8
Viola
8
Cello
6
Double bass
1
Piano
1
Other
Table Guitar (or baritone electric guitar)
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