Double Mercury

John Woolrich (1954)

Double Mercury 2003

3222 - 4220 - perc(2) - harp (amplified) - strings
Duration 
20
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'Double Mercury' takes inspiration from Ovid and is about transformations and metamorphoses. There is a double meaning: on the one hand, Mercury the God changed between old and young and on the other, mercury as an element is a chemical agent to stimulate change.

John Woolrich

Performances 
27.8.03, BBC Proms, London: Britten Sinfonia/Nicholas Cleobury
18.3.05 Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins
3
Flute
2nd & 3rd piccolo
2
Oboe
both doubling cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2nd bass clarinet doubling Eb clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd contrabassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
2
Percussion
2 high-hat, suspended cymbal, 2 clashed cymbals, 2 tam-tam, 4 woodblock, logdrums, tapan, 2 guero, 12 tom-toms, 2 bass drum, lions roar
1
Harp
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