Tiger under the Table

Judith Weir (1954)

Tiger under the Table 2002

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Duration 
15
Commissioner 
Publisher 

"A group of bright-toned winds shares the stage with a mellow trumpet and a furious bassoonist. Somewhere in the far distance a celestial string quartet is occasionally heard. Sometime later, mutual comprehension begins to dawn. Strange trios and quartets are fleetingly set up and
abandoned; there is a breakaway attempt to perform a piano concerto. Finally, all fourteen players elect to form a band and play together, which they do at first tentatively and with much pointillism, later in a dark hued two-part invention. The music closes with the whole ensemble on the verge of a warmly shared unison, ending with a fragmentary coda.

Tiger under the Table (the title refers to exceptional energy in the bass register) was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and written during 2002-3. Its duration is fifteen minutes."

Judith Weir

Performances 
15.3.03 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta/Thomas Ad├Ęs
25.8.03 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
28.2.04 CBSO Centre, Birmingham: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Diego Masson
29.2.04 Corn Exchange, Cambridge: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Diego Masson
7.3.04 Town Hall, Oxford: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Diego Masson
11.3.04 RNCM, Manchester: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Diego Masson
12.3.04 York University: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Diego Masson
18.4.04 Harvard University, USA: Dinosaur Annex/Scott Wheeler
25.9.04 Alicante Contemporary Music Festival: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Diego Masson
21.11.04 Copenhagen, Denmark: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Diego Masson
16.2.06 Pittsburgh University: Pittsburg University
4.3.07 St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow: Scottish Opera
18.1.098 GSMD, London: Guildhall New Music Ensemble
24.2.09 Los Angeles, USA: University of Southern California
10-12.12.10 Bowdoin College, Wellesely College, Tufts University: Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Rose Gil
8.3.11 Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester: RNCM New Ensemble/Vaganza/Clark Rundell
26.2.14 Denis Arnold Hall, Oxford: University of Oxford
1
Flute
doubling piccolo
1
Oboe
1
Clarinet
1
Bassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Piano
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