Standing Stone

Paul McCartney (1942)

Standing Stone 1997

3(I+III=picc.II=picc+afl).2.ca.3(III=bcl).2.cbsn - 4331 - timp - perc(4): mar/vib/glsp/SD/military SD/BD/2 susp.cym/cyms/tabor/tamb/mcas/tpl.bl/ch.cym/cabasa/ethnic shaker/sleighbells/2 tam-t - pno(=cel) - harp - SATB chorus - strings
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Standing Stone – based on an extended poem written by Paul himself – was Paul’s second full-length release of original classical music and was given its world premiere performance at The Royal Albert Hall in October 1997. As Paul explained, “I don’t divide my tastes into liking rock music or classical music. I just like good music.” Standing Stone may yet prove the least predictable landmark in a life-long musical journey packed with surprising moves. Rejecting a suggestion that it marked a permanent move from rock music to classical, Paul was quick to point out that only a month earlier he was on the same Albert Hall stage rocking out to ‘Kansas City’. He later explained part of the work: “Above all, I wanted Standing Stone to end with a celebratory passage. Besides the original sketches that I made for the work, I also had a tune that I wrote years ago but I never found a use for. My children had grown up with it, my father in-law liked it, and I always felt it was part of the family. I want everyone to leave happy after a performance of Standing Stone since I write for people."

Performances 
14.10.97 Royal Albert Hall, London: London Symphony Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Foster
19.11.97 Carnegie Hall, New York: Orchestra of St Lukes/Lawrence Foster
23.1.98 Toluca, Mexico: Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico
23.5.98 Salisbury Cathedral: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/John Harle
20.6.98 Liverpool: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/John Harle
2.7.98 San Francisco, USA: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Foster
19.7.98 Los Angeles, USA: Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
14/15.8.98 Budapest, Hungary: Orchestra of Szent István Grammar
11.9.98 Portland, Oregon, USA: Oregon Symphony Orchestra/Murray Sidlin
15.9.98 Bucharest, Romania: United Bucharest Choirs/Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Foster;
3.10.98 Siegen, Germany: Philharmonia Chor Siegen/Philharmonia Hungarica/Herbert Ermert
22.5.99 Santa Maria, California, USA: Santa Maria Symphony/Patrick Kelly
19/20/28.6.99 Mainz, Germany: Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat
25.6.99 Jena, Germany: Philharmonischer Chor Jena/Jenaer Philharmonie/Herman Kruse
30.11.99 Clermont-Ferrand, France: CNR de Clermont-Ferrand/Claude Giot
27/28.4.00 Erfurt, Germany: Theater Erfut
12/13.5.00 Highland Height, KY, USA: Northern Kentucky Symphony
29.6.02 Lucerne, Switzerland: Handel Chor Luzern/Lucerne Symphony Orchestra/Pirmin Lang
1.11.02 Tel Aviv, Israel: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Lawrence Foster
10.3.05 Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds
28.6.08 Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany: Chorus Berlin & Knabenchor/Filhamonia Zielonogórska/Peter Augst
21.3.10 Sage Gateshead: Northern Sinfonia/Gary Griffiths
12.12.10 Houston, TX, USA: St Luke's United Methodist Church Choir/Sid Davis
3
Flute
1st & 3rd doubling piccolo, 2nd doubling piccolo and alto flute
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
3
Clarinet
3rd doubling bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
4
Percussion
marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, side drum, military side drum, bass drum, 2 suspended cymbals, cymbals, tabor, tambourine, maracas, temple block, chinese cymbals, cabasa, ethnic shaker, sleighbells, 2 tam-tam
1
Harp
1
Piano
doubling celesta
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