This Paradise I Give Thee

Gabriel Jackson (1962)

This Paradise I Give Thee 2017

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Duration 
7
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"This Paradise I Give Thee" is as much a sound installation as it is a piece of music. Ten 'sound sources' - a single player or a pair or a trio - are positioned all around the auditorium at different vantage points. Each has their own unique material which relates to one of the displays in Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum. For instance, the trumpet represents a blue marlin, the violins and viola represent insect swarms, and the giraffe is represented by a pair of bass clarinets. They are heard in various combinations, overlapping, dropping out, in varying juxtapositions. Eventually they coalesce into one, becoming the accompaniment to a baritone who declaims words of Darwin and Milton. Finally all the sound sources are heard simultaneously for the first time in a clanging paean of celebration.

Gabriel Jackson 2017

Performances 
13.7.17 Hintze Hall, Natural History Museum, London: Thomas Allen (baritone) / London Contemporary Orchestra
1
Flute
piccolo
1
Oboe
cor anglais
3
Clarinet
1st Eb clarinet, 2nd & 3rd bass clarinets
1
Saxophone
soprano sax
1
Bassoon
contrabassoon
1
Trumpet
Trumpet in C
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Double bass
1
Other
euphonium
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