The Discovery of Heaven

Julian Anderson (1967)

The Discovery of Heaven 2011

3333-4331- timp (4 drums = large tamb) - perc(4) - hp - pno - strings
Duration 
22
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The LPO give the premiere under Ryan Wigglesworth in the Royal Festival Hall on 24th March 2012, and a recording of the performance will be released on the LPO label. It is a three movement work inspired by the novel of the same name by the Dutch writer Harry Mulisch. Other influences on the piece include the music of Japanese Gagaku (or Court Music) which dates from 9th century AD, and the music of Janacek. The first movement, ‘An Echo from Heaven’, is extremely slow, almost motionless. Its textures were partly prompted by the acoustic analysis of Gagaku, especially the Japanese mouth organ called ‘sho’. The second movement, called ‘In the Street’, is an increasingly rowdy set of street parades, demonstrations and dances which, just as it threatens to get totally out of hand, topples over into the third movement, ‘Hymns.’ This pits two types of music against each other: very long and lyrical melodic lines, mainly on brass; and increasingly strident and disruptively raucous noises – debris from the ‘street music’ in the second movement – which attempt to stop the progress of the lyrical melodies. The more the melodies are attacked, the stronger and faster they get. THE DISCOVERY OF HEAVEN is dedicated to Jonathan Harvey.

Julian Anderson

Performances 
24.3.12 Royal Festival Hall, London: London Philharmonic Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth
17.8.13 Perth, Australia: West Australian Symphony Orchestra / Paul Daniel
24.4.14 New York: New York Philharmonic / Andrew Davis
10.10.14 ISCM World Music Days, Poland: Orchestra of Filharmonia Wroclawska / Benjamin Schwartz
3
Flute
3rd doubling piccolo & alto flute
3
Oboe
3rd doubling cor anglais
3
Clarinet
in A, 2nd doubling Eb clarinet, 3rd doubling bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd doubling contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
1st & 2nd flugel horn, 3rd trumpet in D
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
4
Percussion
glockenspiel, crotales, marimba, side drum, 3 suspended cymbals, whip, string drum, vibraphone, wood chimes, dustbin, tumba, large tambourine, sleigh bells, Chinese opera gong, 2 tam-tam, tubular bells, hyoshigi, 2 sizzle cymbal, claves, tom-tom, bass drum, 2 triangles, 2 anvils, 2 miniature woodblock, very large sleigh bells, antique cymbals
1
Harp
1
Piano
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