To the Silver Bow

John Woolrich (1954)

To the Silver Bow 2014

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Duration 
15
Solist 
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Concertos often get their energy from contrast and conflict. In this piece there is none of that: the viola and the bass are partners, sharing and swapping material. Sometimes, at the very beginning for instance, they play in unison (though octaves apart). The tutti strings are also on the same side, echoing the soloists. The viola and the double bass have the same dark, shadowy character. Violin and cello belong to the day, viola and bass to the night. This little concerto is a nocturne, exploring those dark colours. (The 'silver bow' is the moon in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream').

John Woolrich

Performances 
16.2.2016, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London: Robert Smissen/Leon Bosch/Academy of St Martin in the Fields
17.2.2016 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds: Robert Smissen/Leon Bosch/Academy of St Martin in the Fields
18.3.2016 Trinity Laban, London: Leon Bosch/Trinity Laban students
24.3.2016 Trinity Laban, London: Leon Bosch/Trinity Laban students
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