Calling Across Time

Jonathan Harvey (1939)

Calling Across Time 1998

2222 - 2100 - perc(1) - harp - strings - electronics
Duration 
16
Commissioner 
Publisher 

Death constantly unweaves the thoughts that we have, in the course of our lives, so painstakingly woven together. Books obstruct His work, persistently defying the rapid crumbling of our edifices of thought and memory whose only hope might or might not have been to trickle through in merely oral traditions. On reading Plato or the Nag Hammadi library or Boethius or Aquinas or Rumi or Woolf we foil Him and are, momentarily, triumphant. He has not ruined everything. He gets his spoke in, of course, in that when we read we change through our own colour of spectacles what has been preserved. But the decay is infinitely slower than it would have been without the written word. Books also call across space. This piece of music also does both, as metaphor. Calling Across Time was commissioned by The British Library to celebrate the opening of its new building - designed by Colin St. John Wilson - on June 13th 1998.

Jonathan Harvey

Performances 
13.6.98, The British Library, London: Sinfonia 21/Martyn Brabbins
14.6.98, Imperial College, London: Sinfonia 21/Martyn Brabbins
15.6.98, Bexhill on Sea: Sinfonia 21/Martyn Brabbins
10.6.99 Royal College of Music, London: RCM 20th Century Ensemble / Edwin Roxburgh
23.3.03 Ars Musica, Brussels, Belgium: De Jonge Filharmonie / Filip Rathe
21.1.05 Tramway, Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov
5.2.05 Bretagne, France: Orchestre de Bretagne / Paul Goodwin plus French tour
9.6.07 Radio France, Paris: Orchestre de Paris
13.6.07 Holland Festival, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam: ASKO; Nieuw Ensemble
20.9.08 Musica Viva Festival, Lisbon: Gulbenkian Orchestra / Lorraine Vaillancourt
26.6.09 St John's Church, Waterloo, London: Southbank Sinfonia / Nicholas Cleobury
28.1.12 Barbican Hall, London (Total Immersion Weekend): Guildhall School of Music Symphony Orchestra / Richard Baker
10.5.14 Wittener Tage fur Neue Musik, Germany: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln / Peter Rundel
2
Flute
1st doubling piccolo, 2nd doubling alto flute
2
Oboe
1st doubling woodblock
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling woodblock
2
Bassoon
1st doubling crotales
2
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Percussion
marimba, crotales
1
Harp
1
Electronics
Electronics: synth (e.g. Yamaha SY77) or sampler, small mixer
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