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Detail from the Record

Kenneth Hesketh (1968)

Detail from the Record 2001

2(2.pic).2(2.ca).Acl.1(bcl).1(cbsn)-1.1.1.0-2perc-hp.pno(cel)-str(3.2.2.2.2 min)
Duration 
17
Commissioner 
Publisher 

Written to mark the 50th birthday of his friend and mentor Oliver Knussen, Detail from the Record draws on KennethHesketh’s interest in Japanese folk legends. Part of a larger work for Japanese puppet theatre, The Record of Ancient Matters, Detail from the Record depicts the tale of a wise old poet who is sitting reading in the candle-light. Moths and dragonflies swarm to the light but ar e burnt in the bright flames. The poet is saddened by this and so to distract them, he tells them stories of ruined temples, broken promises and earth daemons.

Performances 
30.5.06 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
2.3.07 Lugano, Switzerland: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/Christoph Mueller
5.3.07 Chur, Switzerland: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/Christoph Mueller
13.12.13 Oberlin University, USA: Oberlin Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble/Timothy Weiss
2
Flute
2nd doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2nd doubling cor anglais
2
Clarinet
1st clarinet in A, 2nd doubling bass clarinet
1
Bassoon
doubling contrabassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
2
Percussion
glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, tubular bells, triangle, suspended cymbal, Chinese cymbal, 2 splash cymbals, 2 ride cymbals, 3 gongs, tam-tam, metal chimes, sleigh bells, 3 tom-toms, tenor drum, bass drum, claves, maracas, flexatone, woodblock, whip
3
Violin
2
Violin II
2
Viola
2
Cello
2
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
doubling celesta
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