That Subtle Knot

John Casken (1949)

That Subtle Knot 2012-2013

2(2.pic).2.2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-2.2.0.0-timp(b.d)-str(8.6.4.4.2 minimum)
Duration 
25
Solist 
Genre 
Publisher 

The title comes from a poem by John Donne, The Ecstasy, in which two lovers sit, their hands entwined and ‘did thread/Our eyes, upon one double string’. This image seemed perfect for my double concerto. The relationship develops between the solo instruments through the exploration of independent lines, lines shared, lines in opposition, always with a sense of being drawn together with one purpose. The dialogue is in the spirit of chamber music, the orchestra taking up fragments of the solo lines, or sustaining notes, and in the faster passages acting as an equal force, driving the music forward.

John Casken

Performances 
11.6.14 The Sage Gateshead: Thomas Zehetmair / Ruth Killius / Royal Northern Sinfonia / Thomas Zehetmair (from violin)
13.6.14 Milton Court, London: Thomas Zehetmair / Ruth Killius / Royal Northern Sinfonia / Thomas Zehetmair (from violin)
6.8.14 Salzburg, Austria: Thomas Zehetmair / Ruth Killius / Camerata Salzburg
5.2.15 Stavanger, Norway: Thomas Zehetmair / Ruth Killius / Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
6.2.15 Sand, Norway: Thomas Zehetmair / Ruth Killius / Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
30.4.15 Munich, Germany: Thomas Zehetmair / Ruth Killius / Munich Chamber Orchestra
7/8/9/10.5.15 St Paul, MN, USA: Thomas Zehetmair / Ruth Killius / St Paul Chamber Orchestra
2
Flute
2nd doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd doubling contrabassoon
2
Horn
2
Trumpet
1
Timpani
doubling bass drum
8
Violin
6
Violin II
4
Viola
4
Cello
2
Double bass
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