The Theatre Represents a Garden: Night

John Woolrich (1954)

The Theatre Represents a Garden: Night 1991

2222 - 2000 - strings
Duration 
15
Publisher 

This necklace of fragments, transcriptions and recompositions is my little homage to the world’s greatest composer. All the material comes in one way or another from Mozart: principally unfinished or sketched pieces. I kept away from orchestral pieces, concentrating on music for piano, wind band or string ensemble, to allow myself a little more room to orchestrate freely (although I did steal one or two Mozartian hallmarks: divided violas, horn pedals and so on). I set these transcriptions into the harmonic structure of Figaro Act 4 (which also gave me the title), keeping the fragments in Mozart’s original keys. Near the middle of the piece is a gentle march in D minor originally intended for The Magic Flute, and towards the end is my orchestra transcription of Busoni’s piano transcription of the Fandango from Figaro superimposed on the G minor piano Gigue.

'The theatre Represents a Garden: Night' was commissioned by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment for the Mozart Now Festival. The piece is dedicated to Stephen Plaistow in recognition of his work for music at the BBC.

John Woolrich

Performances 
24.8.91, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment/Frans Bruggen
9.2.92 St John's Smith Square, London: Docklands Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins
24.7.92 Sherborne School, Dorset: Canford Summer School
10.11.93 venue unknown: City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
8.12.93 Colston Hall, Bristol: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
12.2.94 Birkenhead Town Hall: Liverpool Mozart Players/Charles Peebles
3.12.94 Lowestoft, Suffolk: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
26.10.97 St John's Smith Square, London: Orchestra of St John's/Dietfried Bernet
14.2.98 Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
19.2.98 St John's Smith Square, London: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
14.9.00 Reading Town Hall: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
23.9.00 Enniskillen: Ulster Orchestra/John Lubbock
21.11.00 Theatre Royal, Portsmouth: Portsmouth New Music Orchestra
23.11.00 Blackheath Concert Halls, London: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
18.5.02 Bury St Edmunds Festival: Britten Sinfonia/Stephen Layton
20.6.03 Thaxted Festival: Britten Sinfonia/Nicholas Cleobury
20.10.04 Royal Holloway University: Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra/Neil Ferris
17/18.6.05 Wurzburg, Germany: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
1.2.06 Vienna, Austria: Camerata Salzburg/Christopher Hogwood
3.6.06 Mulhouse, Alsace, France: Basle Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
4.6.06 Basle, Switzerland: Basle Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
5.6.06 Vilnius, Lithuania: Basle Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
9.6.06 Istanbul, Turkey: Basle Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
11.6.06 Donaueschingen, Germany: Basle Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
22.7.06 Menuhin Festival, Gstaad: Basle Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
25.7.06 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany: Basle Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood
5.8.06 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
22.3.07 Pori, Finland: Pori Sinfonietta/Thomas Kemp
18.9.10 Dorchester Abbey: Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock
24.3.12 St Mary's Church, Osterley, London: Hounslow Symphony Orchestra/Scott Wilson
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