Flourish with Fireworks

Oliver Knussen (1952)

Flourish with Fireworks 1993

4343-4331-timp - perc(4)- cel(=keyboard glsp.ad lib) - harp - strings (min 12.10.8.6.6)
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Flourish with Fireworks, written in August and September 1988, is neither more nor less than its title implies – a two-minute celebratory ‘opener’ for Michael Tilson Thomas’ first season as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. But it is, therefore, a triple homage: to Michael, who has been a close and supportive friend to me and my music for 18 years, since we met backstage at his British debut with the LSO and subsequently at Tanglewood in 1970; to the LSO itself – the orchestra which was ‘home’ to me as a child, when my father was principle double bass and Pierre Monteux the principal conductor, and was later the first major orchestra to play my music in public; and lastly to Stravinsky, a composer for whom Michael Tilson Thomas and I have shared a special affection. The ‘Fireworks’ of the title are Stravinsky’s earlier ones, and the music is built form the initials of the LSO (A, E-flat, G) and MTT (E, B, B) subjected to constant variation, sometimes of a kind now unknown to the later Stravinsky.

Oliver Knussen

Performances 
25.8.93, Theatre Concert Hall, Tanglewood, USA: Tanglewood Music Center/Oliver Knussen
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4
Flute
4th doubling piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
4
Clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
4
Percussion
2 suspended cymbals, glockenspiel, 3 woodblock, tam-tam, bass drum, triangle, tenor drum, vibraphone, spring coil, whip, side drum
12
Violin
10
Violin II
8
Viola
6
Cello
6
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
celesta doubling keyboard glockenspiel ad lib
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