Or Voit Tout En Aventure

Luke Bedford (1978)

Or Voit Tout En Aventure 2005-2006

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These six movements are settings of three texts written in medieval French and Italian, which are linked in some way by the theme of music. They all exist as songs written in the latter part of the 14th century, which I have shamelessly torn from their original musical context and treated purely as texts.

I was attracted to them by two things. Firstly, by the sheer strangeness of the words and their distance from us. I did not update the texts to modern French or Italian, but chose rather to set them as they are. Secondly, despite this, I also enjoyed the relevance of what the texts say – not only about contemporary music, but also on music’s power to communicate.
Or Voit Tout... is a fascinating text, as it is somewhat unclear whether it is a roar against the state of music in the late 1300s, or an ironic defence of it, as the song itself uses many of the ‘unnatural’ musical techniques decried in the text.

The odd-numbered songs are linked, not only by the fact that each one is a separate stanza of Or Voit Tout… but also by their musical material. The even-numbered songs are similarly linked musically, with the second movement acting as a very short instrumental intimation of what is to come in the fourth.

All of the movements are played without a break – except for at the end of the fourth song.

Luke Bedford

Performances 
30.5.06 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: Claire Booth/London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
21.10.06 CBSO Centre, Birmingham: Claire Booth/Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Oliver Knussen
27.11.06 Paris, France: Anu Komsi/Ensemble Modern/George Benjamin
1.12.06 Frankfurt, Germany: Anu Komsi/Ensemble Modern/George Benjamin
4.12.06 Madrid, Spain: Anu Komsi/Ensemble Modern/George Benjamin
15.6.07 Aldeburgh Festival: Claire Booth/Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Oliver Knussen
14.1.09 Utrecht, Netherlands: Barbara Hannigan/ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble/Oliver Knussen
15.1.09 Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam: Barbara Hannigan/ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble/Oliver Knussen
11.11.09 Bruckner University, Linz, Austria: Ensemble für Neue Musik
6.4.10 Seoul, South Korea: Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra/Roland Kluttig
6.8.10 BBC Proms, London: Claire Booth/Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Ilan Volkov
14.12.11 Bristol University: Bristol University New Music Ensemble
9.8.12 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, USA: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen
6.12.12 Royal Festival Hall, London: Yunkyung Lee/Philharmonia Orchestra/Peter Hirsch
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in C
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