Popcorn Superhet Receiver

Jonny Greenwood (1971)

Popcorn Superhet Receiver 2005

18 vln.6 vla.6 vlc.4 db

This was my first piece for the BBC Concert Orchestra, and it’s coloured by my childhood: as a kid, the family car only ever had the same four cassettes in it. These were: the songs of Simon and Garfunkel (though bizarrely not sung by them); Mozart’s horn concertos; and two musicals: Flower Drum Song and My Fair Lady. (This isn’t a claim of any kind of deprivation – there were other records at home – that’s just how things were.) On long journeys, when the family refused to hear them yet again, I used to listen to the engine noise, and found that if I concentrated hard enough I could hear the music from the cassettes still playing in the background. I’d do this for hours, until I could nearly hear every detail fighting to be heard through the drone of the car. And it was thoughts of background noise, and radios, that got me started writing this first BBC Concert Orchestra commission.

Jonny Greenwood

23.4.05 Jerwood Hall, LSO St. Luke's, London: BBC Concert Orchestra/Robert Ziegler
16/17.1.08 The Church of St Paul the Apostle, New York: The Wordless Music Orchestra/Brad Lubman
10.4.08 Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts, Birmingham, USA: Alabama Symphony Orchestra/Justin Brown
21.8.08 Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, USA: Magik*Magik Orchestra/Benjamin Schwartz
25/26.9.08 University of Waterloo Theatre Centre, Waterloo, ON, Canada: University of Waterloo Orchestra/Edwin Outwater
10.10.08 LSO St Luke's, London: London Contemporary Orchestra/Hugh Brunt
12.10.08 Festival Présences, Paris: Orchestre Colonne/Laurence Pettigirard
14.10.08 Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pittsburgh, USA: Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra/Roger Zahab
22.10.08 Belfast Festival at Queen's Clonard Monastery, Belfast: Ulster Orchestra/Robert Ziegler
12.11.08 Harris Theater, Millenium Park, Chicago: Fulcrum Point/Stephen Burns
29.3.09 Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA: Yale Symphony Orchestra/Toshiyuki Shimada
14.8.09 BBC Proms, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins
May & June 2010 Australian tour (Sydney, Melbourne): Australian Chamber Orchestra
1.7.10 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester: RNCM Symphony Orchestra/André de Ridder
18.10.10 Royal Albert Hall, London: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Robert Ziegler
1.1.11 Unsound Music Festival, Kraków, Poland: Sinfonietta Cracovia/Daniel Bjarnasson
20.1.11 Reykjavík, Iceland: Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Schwartz
Plus numerous other performances. For full listing please visit www.fabermusic.com
Violin II
Double bass