Morpheus Wakes

Simon Holt (1958)

Morpheus Wakes 2011

2413/2331/2perc+cimb/hp/str(0.0.8.8.4)
Duration 
15
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'Morpheus Wakes' is a flute concerto in 2 movements. For the first 11' movement, the flute solo plays only alto flute. Initially the music seems to be thawing out of a slow, dark-hued and quite sparse permafrost-covered landscape. The player will change to flute for the second 4' movement, which will be, by contrast, wild and unleashed, bordering on the chaotic; bright and vividly awake. The soloist could be seen to represent the god of dreaming, Morpheus himself, as if slowly waking from a deep, troubled sleep.

S.H.

Performances 
27.7.14 BBC Proms, London: Emmanuel Pahud / BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thierry Fischer
2
Flute
1st alto flute, 2nd bass flute
4
Oboe
3rd & 4th cor anglais
1
Clarinet
bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
2
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
2
Percussion
8
Viola
8
Cello
4
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Other
cimbalon
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