Graven Image

Kenneth Hesketh (1968)

Graven Image 2007

3(3.pic).3(3.ca).3.bcl.2.cbsn-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.4perc(glsp, vib, crot, tub bells, tri, sus cym, tam-t, b.d)-hp.pno(cel)-str
Duration 
13
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Graven Image was co-commissioned by the BBC as part of Kenneth Hesketh’s tenure as Composer in the House with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Hesketh writes that as well as the idea of a marker or stele the work was inspired by ‘the medieval Memento Mori, a painting or sculpture which seeks to remind its owner of the brevity of life (portraying, for example, a living head opposite a cadaver’s head or skull). There are many allegorical symbols connected with the Memento Mori; guttering candles, clocks, and bells being some of the most potent and all are markers of time […].’

Kenneth Hesketh

Performances 
1.8.08 BBC Proms, London: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
12.9.08 Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
17.9.08 Prague Autumn Festival: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
27.1.16 BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff: BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Pascal Rophé
3
Flute
3rd doubling piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd doubling cor anglais
3
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
3rd bass trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
4
Percussion
glockenspiel, vibraphone, crotales, tubular bells, triangel, suspended cymbal, tam-tam, bass drum
1
Harp
1
Piano
doubling celesta
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