Antic Rounds

Tom Coult (1988)

Antic Rounds 2014

1(=picc).1(=ca).1(=E♭cl).1 - 1.1.1.0 - timp - perc(1): mar/crot/t.bells - 2 vln.2 vla. 2 vlc.2 db
Duration 
13
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Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprites,
And show the best of our delights:
I’ll charm the air to give a sound,
While you perform your antic round:
That this great king may kindly say,
Our duties did his welcome pay
– First Witch, Macbeth, Act IV Scene 1

According to Albert Braunmuller, the ‘antic round’ that the witch mentions in Shakespeare’s Macbeth refers to ‘a macabre version of a Jacobean courtly entertainment’. Although the three movements of my ‘Antic Rounds’ may share some of this spirit in places, the title came about because much of the music was constructed from canons or ‘rounds’. These rounds are sometimes complex, sometimes simple; sometimes audible, sometimes heavily concealed; sometimes a momentary alignment, sometimes forming the backbone of whole sections of music.

The piece was commissioned by the Bangor New Music Festival.

Tom Coult

Performances 
14.3.14 Bangor New Music Festival: Orchestra of the Swan/David Curtis
1
Flute
doubling piccolo
1
Oboe
doubling cor anglais
1
Clarinet
doubling Eb clarinet
1
Bassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Timpani
1
Percussion
marimba, crotales, tubular bells
1
Violin
1
Violin II
2
Viola
2
Cello
2
Double bass
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