Locke's Theatre

Ryan Wigglesworth (1979)

Locke's Theatre 2013

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Duration 
17
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Locke’s Theatre, an orchestral work in three short movements, takes as its departure point incidental music written for Shakespeare’s The Tempest by the seventeenth-century English composer Matthew Locke. Aspects of Locke’s idiosyncratic and daringly advanced harmonic and rhythmic language were to be adopted (some might say perfected) by his younger friend and protégé Henry Purcell. But it is the very rawness and directness of Locke’s theatre music that I wished to acknowledge and emulate.

In each of my work's three movements – entitled respectively ‘The First Music’, ‘Rustic Music’, and ‘Curtain Music (with Storm)’ – the baroque originals, though very often submerged, remain a constant, shadowy presence. Locke’s Theatre was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth.

Ryan Wigglesworth

Performances 
22.11.13 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen
06.03.14 Severance Hall, Cleveland, USA: Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst
March 2015, German tour: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie/Ryan Wigglesworth
10.04.16 Stuttgart, Germany: Staatsorchester Stuttgart/Rory Macdonald
22.06.16 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ryan Wigglesworth
3
Flute
III=picc
2
Oboe
3
Clarinet
3
Bassoon
III=cbsn
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
4
Percussion
glockenspiel, vibraphone (bowed), xylophone, bells, triangle, clash cymbals, 2 suspended cymbals, Chinese cymbal (bowed) sizzle cymbal, antique cymbal, tam-tam, clave, 4 side drums, bass drum, tambourine, 4 temple block, 2 anvils, whip
12
Violin
10
Violin II
8
Viola
6
Cello
6
Double bass
2
Harp
1
Piano
=celeste
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