Nur Musik (Just Music)

Mark Simpson (1988)

Nur Musik (Just Music) 2008

1111 - 1110 - perc - pno - strings (11111)
Duration 
8
Solist 
Publisher 

When I was approached to write for Ensemble 10/10 in 2008, the year Liverpool was European Capital of Culture, I immediately heard the sound of a soaring oboe line wrapped inside a dense, dark and murky ensemble texture, fighting to be heard amongst aggressive, volatile and even explosive music. Immediately after, in stark contrast, I heard softer, tender and more intimate music. I also wanted to highlight the oboe’s power to sing with yearning, lyrical intensity. These two opposing worlds form the basic structure of the work. The piece was written during a stay in Berlin in 2008. It has no extra-musical influence, hence the title Nur Musik, which translates as ‘just music’ or ‘simply music’.

Nur Musik is dedicated to Ensemble 10/10.

© 2016 Mark Simpson

Performances 
14.5.08 St George's Hall, Liverpool: Jonathan Small, oboe / Ensemble 10-10 / Clark Rundell
1
Flute
doubling piccolo and alto flute
1
Oboe
cor anglais
1
Clarinet
doubling Eb clarinet and bass clarinet
1
Bassoon
doubling contrabassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
large tam-tam, large bass drum, large suspended cymbal, vibraphone, whip, 5 temple blocks
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Piano
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