Kynde

Jane Harbour (1971)

Kynde 2017

0222 - 4430 - pno - strings (10.8.6.6.4) - archive recording
Duration 
15
Solist 
Commissioner 

A BBC Radio 3 commission, Kynde is a piece about connection; about our connection with each other, ourselves, loved ones we have lost, our ancestors, our folklore, and how we connect ideas to find new meaning in old stories. Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, and conducted by Martin Yates, it continues the personal journey of the notorious folk figure Barbara Allen, who spurned her dying admirer, but now has to confront her feelings. With influences including minimalism and electronica, Jane Harbour uses systems to convey Barbara's confused, fractured thoughts and her longing for re-connection and clarity. Throughout the piece, Barbara's internal world, represented by the live singers, vies with the overt narrative, told by recordings of traditional singers from the Peter Kennedy Archive whose recordings form the springboard for this piece.

Comments 

The piece includes a recorded soundtrack, which is in the form of individual cues triggered on a laptop, and features archive recordings of traditional singers. The score and parts include the laptop/soundtrack as if it were an instrument. The recorded cues are available to be loaded onto a performance laptop. For each performance a small licence fee needs to be paid to Topic Records who own the recordings.

Performances 
31.3.17 The English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, London: BBC Singers / BBC Concert Orchestra / Martin Yates
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
4
Horn
4
Trumpet
3rd & 4th doubling piccolo trumpet
3
Trombone
3rd bass trombone
10
Violin
8
Violin II
6
Viola
6
Cello
4
Double bass
1
Piano
1
Electronics
archive recording
1
Other
6 solo voices comprise of 4 sopranos and 2 mezzo-sopranos
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