David Fennessy: Hauptstimme

  • for amplified solo viola and ensemble
  • 1 1 1 1 - 0 0 0 0 - Rhodes piano, perc, e.guit, vln, vla, vc, cb
  • Duration: 17’
  • Soloists:
    viola
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    oboe
    bass clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    percussion (+t-tom
    Pedal bass drum)
    electric guitar
    Rhodes piano
    violin
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
  • Composer: David Fennessy
  • Commission: Commissioned by Red Note Ensemble with financial assistance from Creative Scotland
  • Remarks: This piece is part of the triptych ‘Letter to Michael’ – ‘Ne Reminiscaris’ – ‘Hashima Refrain’.

Work introduction

The notion of the individual and how he/she contributes or functions in a group setting as well as how that group can meaningfully make a collective statement has been central to a number of my works over the years – starting with graft for string quartet (2000), through to 13 Factories for ensemble (2009). Once again, it seems to be at the core of this new piece for solo viola and ensemble.

For much of the time, the solo viola is buried in a thick ensemble texture with the primary goal merely to be heard. Once it has achieved this, a more complex question emerges – what to say?

David Fennessy

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Huddersfield (GB)
Date:
16.11.2013
Orchestra:
Red Note Ensemble
Conductor:
Garry Walker
Main soloists:
Garth Knox, vla

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