January 2012

A Caedmon Symphony

About

 Symphony Orchestra (2,2,3,2 – 4,3,3,1 – 5xperc. – pno, electr.guit – str.), Symphony Chorus, Concertino Choir, electronics, 54 minutes (four movements). Also in a version without electronics.

Premièred on 18th November 2012 at The Music Hall, Aberdeen, by King’s College Chapel Choir, University of Aberdeen Choral Society, University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, and Pete Stollery (electronics), conducted by Christopher Gray.

All the audio clips of this huge work come from the third movement, which in pure musical terms is a fugue, but by association and through musical image is the “creation” of life on our planet – from the earliest stirrings to the falling of the Twin Towers…. a dream which Cædmon would never have dreamt!

The five clips, taken from a live recording of the première, are in chronological order. Listeners to III might need reminding that 2012 was the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic!

Audio

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    A Caedmon Symphony - II Sonata - Clip 1
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    A Caedmon Symphony - II Sonata - Clip 2
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    A Caedmon Symphony - III Fuga Con Scherzi - Clip 1
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    A Caedmon Symphony - III Fuga Con Scherzi - Clip 2
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    A Caedmon Symphony - III Fuga Con Scherzi - Clip 3

Sample Score Pages

Artwork

Reviews

“…Absolutely nobody coughed. That surely says more than anything else about … the way in which this astonishingly diverse music succeeded in holding the attention of the audience for nearly an hour.”

(Alan Cooper on A Caedmon Symphony)