Falling Down

John Woolrich (1954)

Falling Down 2009

3332 - 4431 - timp - perc(1) - strings
Duration 
15
Solist 
Genre 
Publisher 

Commissioned by the CBSO, ‘Falling Down’ is one of those rare creatures, a concerto for contrabassoon and orchestra. The title explains itself: the piece begins and ends with music that tumbles from the top of the orchestra down to the depths where the contra lives. The dialogue in between is a dark capriccio intercut with lyrical moments. The orchestra isn’t set in opposition to the soloist (except in strength of numbers); other deep and dark instruments (tuba, cor anglais, bass drum and lion’s roar) have parts to play. There is a concertante part for two sets of timpani placed on opposite sides of the stage.

‘Falling Down’ is dedicated to Margaret Cookhorn, the CBSO’s wonderful contra player.

John Woolrich

Performances 
24.7.09, Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Margaret Cookhorn/CBSO/Andris Nelsons
14.5.14 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Margaret Cookhorn/CBSO/Andris Nelsons
19.7.15 BBC Proms, London: Margaret Cookhorn/CBSO/Andris Nelsons
3
Flute
3rd doubling piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd doubling cor anglais
3
Clarinet
1st doubling Eb clarinet, 3rd doubling bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
4
Horn
4
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
1
Percussion
suspended cymbal, hi-hat, clash cymbal, lion's roar, bass drum
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