David Sawer: Rumpelstiltskin Suite

David Sawer Rumpelstiltskin Suite
Rumpelstiltskin Suite

David Sawer: Rumpelstiltskin Suite

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for ensemble
David Sawer
1 1 2 1 - 1 1 0 1 - hp, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
horn in F
trumpet in C
double bass
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG)
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Rumpelstiltskin Suite

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David Sawer: Rumpelstiltskin Suite

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for ensemble , 25’
Instr.: 1 1 2 1 - 1 1 0 1 - hp, vln, vla, vc, cb

Rumpelstiltskin Suite

David Sawer: Rumpelstiltskin Suite

study score
for ensemble , 25’
Instr.: 1 1 2 1 - 1 1 0 1 - hp, vln, vla, vc, cb

World première

Wigmore Hall, London (GB)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
George Benjamin

Press reviews

The Times called Sawer’s Rumpelstiltskin “a tour de force”. He has now created a concert suite from the ballet for BCMG. “The wordless reworking of a fairy tale classic makes its timely message more alarming than ever. Sawer's score is a rich broth... from the ever-darkening timbre of the alchemy music to the expansive horn solo, the brittle syncopated wedding music, mocking flute and stuttering speech rhythms, Sawer tightens his score with unerring focus.” (The Independent)

“It was typical of Benjamin’s modesty that he should pack his celebratory day with other composers’ works as well as his own; another offering was the premiere of David Sawer’s Rumpelstiltskin Suite. Like Antonioni, Sawer specialises in original textures and aural transparency; I have never heard a harp sound so cavernously metallic, nor would I have imagined that a group of assorted woodwind instruments could so vividly evoke a peal of bells.” – Michael Church, The Independent

“Rumpelstiltskin, on the evidence of this suite – about a third of the whole ballet – is a score like Benjamin’s that captures the essence of its narrative through instrumental sonorities: wonderful tone-images of the spinning of straw into gold, of wedding bells magically rung by high woodwind, of the grotesque Rumpelstiltskin himself on thudding tuba. Sawer is evidently a composer with a flair for pictures in sound, and though this is a long suite (most of 30 minutes) it never flagged for an instant.” – Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk

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