Farness

John Casken (1949)

Farness 2006

2222 - 2200 - timp - perc(1) - pno - strings (86442)
Duration 
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Farness - three poems of Carol Ann Duffy - is an orchestral song-cycle for soprano with an important role for solo viola. The three poems by Carol Ann Duffy are linked by the theme of thinking about a loved one being in a faraway land. In the first, the thoughts are those of concern for the safety of the loved one; the second describes wanting to send something special - an unusual valentine in the form of an onion; and in the third, Penelope tells how she stitched and unstitched a textile scene while waiting for the return of her husband.

John Casken - July 2006

Performances 
19.11.06 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: Patricia Rozario, soprano / Ruth Kilius, viola / Northern Sinfonia / Thomas Zehetmair
19.6.09 The Sage Gateshead: Patricia Rozario, soprano / Ruth Kilius, viola / Northern Sinfonia / Thomas Zehetmair
2
Flute
1st doubling alto flute, 2nd doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2nd doubling cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling Eb clarinet and bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd doubling contrabassoon
2
Horn
2
Trumpet
1
Timpani
1
Percussion
crotales, vibraphone, tubular bells, sizzle cymbal, Chinese cymbal, hi-hat, small cow bell, Swiss cow bell, tam-tam, 3 gong, tambourine, 3 tom-tom, slit drum, bass drum, timpani, 5 templeblock, guiro, claves, maracas, caba├ža, frusta
8
Violin
6
Violin II
4
Viola
4
Cello
2
Double bass
1
Piano
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