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Borisova-Ollas, Faingersh: Hamlet

  • a drama (2007)
  • for trombone and orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, pno, str
  • Duration: 45’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe (+c.a)
    1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon (+cbsn)
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    bass trombone
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    violin I
    violin II
  • Composer: Victoria Borisova-Ollas Elias Faingersh
  • Commission: Commissioned by Malmö SymfoniOrkester, with the grant from The Swedish Council of Arts (Kulturrådet)

Work introduction

Borisova-Ollas and Faingersh tell Shakespeare’s most famous tale with a trombone and an orchestra. Soloist Faingersh ‘acts’ out the play on stage and interacts with both the musicians and the audience, translating the drama of the work into a musical dialogue with his co-performers.

Elias Faingersh is one of the most sought-after trombonists in the world: not just because of his superb command of the instrument, but also because of his unique style of stage appearance, which always includes visual and performance elements derived from the music. His free, virtuosic way of handling the instrument and his eccentric stage presence distinguish him from all other trombonists.

“The solo trombone part made the strongest impression. With the help of live electronics (loopmashines) Faingersh played and recorded layer after layer to create a polyphonic structure. In the ‘Ghost’ scene he created a fascinating atmosphere with winding melodies, ancient church-bells and the sound of waves culminating in a powerful explosion.” (Sydsvenskan Dagbladet)

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World première

Malmö (SE)
Malmö Symfoniorkester
Lawrence Renes
Main soloists:
Elias Faingersh, trb

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