de sol y grana

Martin Suckling (1981)

de sol y grana 2011

2110 - 1110 - perc(1) - pno - 00221
Duration 
15
Solist 
Commissioner 
Publisher 

The title is a line from a poem by Antonio Machado, and roughly translates as “of sun(light) and scarlet”. In this poem he likens his songs to bubbles, and describes his delight at watching them set off, float in the air, glimmer (with sunlight and scarlet), and then burst. The nine short sections of this violin concerto are little bubbles of music in which the violin and ensemble come into a particular relationship and hover there for a few moments before disintegrating into something new. Each ‘bubble’ behaves quite differently: some hang in the air relatively serenely while others are considerably more volatile and unpredictable.

Martin Suckling

Performances 
12.12.11, Spitalfields Winter Festival, Shoreditch Church, London: Agata Szymczewska/London Contemporary Orchestra/Hugh Brunt
24.5.12 St John's Church, Waterloo, London: Agata Szymczewska/Southbank Sinfonia/Jonathan Berman
2
Flute
1st doubling piccolo, 2nd doubling bass flute & piccolo
1
Oboe
1
Clarinet
in A doubling bass clarinet
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
in Bb doubling trumpet in D
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
vibraphone, marimba, cabasa, suspended cymbal (bowed)
2
Viola
2
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Piano
doubling cabasa
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