Olicantus

George Benjamin (1960)

Olicantus 2002

2 fl. 2 bcl (I = cl) - 2 hn - perc(2): vib/t.bells - celesta - harp - single strings
Duration 
4
Publisher 

This very gentle and simple piece was written as a surprise 50th birthday gift for my great friend and colleague, Oliver Knussen. Scored for a mellow group of 15 players - including prominent parts for ‘cello solo and a pair of bass clarinets - its first performance was given by the London Sinfonietta (under my baton) on 12th June 2002.

George Benjamin

Comments 

Written as a surprise 50th birthday tribute to Oliver Knussen.

Performances 
12.06.02 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta/George Benjamin
17.1.03 Frankfurt, Germany: Ensemble Modern/Oliver Knussen
5.2.03 Amsterdam, Netherlands: ASKO Ensemble/Oliver Knussen
23.3.03 Brussels, Belgium: Orchestra de la Monnaie/Kazushi Ono
25.8.03 Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Germany: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
14.9.03 Turin, Italy: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
5.3.05 Carnegie Hall, New York: Zankel Band/Brad Lubman
22.3.06 Wigmore Hall, London: Nash Soloists/The Purcell School Contemporary Ensemble/Edward Longstaff
18.5.06 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam: ASKO Ensemble/George Benjamin
19.4.07 Berkeley, CA, USA: Berkeley Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano
1.7.08 GSMD, London: Guildhall School of Music and Drama students
15.9.11 Klangspuren Festival, Austria: International Ensemble Modern Academy/George Benjamin
30.6.12 Aspen Music Festival, CO, USA: Aspen Music Festival & School/Sydney Hodkinson
26.4.15 Vancouver, Canada: Vancouver Symphony/Gordon Gerrard
2
Flute
2
Clarinet
both bass clarinets, 1st doubling clarinet
2
Horn
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
celesta
vibraphone, tubular bells
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