Ian Wilson: Licht/ung

Ian Wilson Licht/ung
Licht/ung

Ian Wilson: Licht/ung

Year of composition:
2004
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Ian Wilson
Instrumentation:
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, str(14 12 10 8 6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in Bb
2nd trumpet in Bb
3rd trumpet in Bb
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion(2): tam-tam, bass drum, tenor drum, suspended cymbal (and bow), floor tom, whip, 5 gongs, 2 tam-tam, flexitone, finger cymbals, tubular bells, glockenspiel, lion's roar, small woodblock, sleigh bells
harp
violin I(14)
violin II(12)
viola(10)
violoncello(8)
contrabass(6)
Commission:
Commissioned by the Venice Biennale
Duration:
11’
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Licht/ung
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World première

Location:
Venedig
Date:
17.10.2004
Orchestra:
Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona
Conductor:
Johannes Debus

Press reviews

“The mood of the piece is one of foreboding, punctuated with heavy, percussive convulsions, with chords of low, threatening brass, like a barely contained braying … David Brophy kept [the work] on an appropriately firm and threatening trajectory.”

(The Irish Times, October 16th 2006. RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, cond. David Brophy. National Concert Hall, Dublin)

“… the entire evening from the performance point of view unfolded under the banner of concentration: …in the timbric essentiality of ‘Licht/ung’ by Ian Wilson, who does not forego the clarity of invention even amid the tension - quite openly dramatic at times - of the sonorous gestures… All the pieces were cordially applauded by the Teatro Malibran audience, and Wilson’s work with particular warmth.”

(Il Giornale di Vicenza, 19th October 2004 . Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, cond. Johannes Debus. Venice Biennale)

“Ian Wilson is an overflowing talent.”

(Il Manifesto, 21st October 2004)

“How can you measure modern compositional thought using an object [the orchestra] which is now historicized and which no longer provides opportunities for seeking new sounds? Is it necessary to pursue something original or, as the Irish composer Ian Wilson maintains, is it only necessary to seek to express what you are?”

(L’Osservatore Romano, 27th October 2004)

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