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Some Days

Some Days

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

texts by Joseph Kariuki, Bloke Modisane and James Baldwin


  • Instrumentation: mezzo soprano et orchestre
  • Édition: matériel d'exécution
  • Langue : anglais

 
Description
The song cycle Some Days combines the jazz-inflected sound of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s music with the no less distinctive utterance of three black African and American poets, Joseph Kariuki, Bloke Modisane and James Baldwin.

The tone of the work is lyrical and intimate, befitting four poems chosen for their theme of loneliness (the third movement, ‘Tango’, is purely instrumental). The orchestral sound, product of an unusual line up of clarinets and bassoons with harp and strings, seems tailored to capture the brooding emotion of the cycle, whether in ironic mode, as in the second song, or the straight transcription of mood as conveyed in the closing blues. Also adding to the elegiac tone are stylistic echoes of Miles Davis, a musician greatly respected by the composer.

By 1989, the year of the work’s composition, Turnage’s skill as a writer for the voice was already well recognised. In contrast, however, to earlier successes as Lament for a Hanging (1983) and his first opera Greek (1988), in which ritual, myth and drama formed the background for vocal expression, Some Days was his first acknowledged essay in song conceived purely as vehicle for personal confession, a role characteristic not only of late-Romantic music, but also of twentieth-century popular-culture.

Dedicated to the memory of Michael Vyner, Some Days was commissioned by the David Cohen Charitable Trust for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, who gave the first performance with mezzo-soprano Cynthia Clarey and conductor Bernard Haitink at the BBC Proms on 21 July 1991.

Nicholas Williams
Détails
Année de composition: 1989
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the David Cohen Charitable Trust for the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Contenu du texte: I Come Away, my Love
II Lonely
III Tango
IV Some Days
V Blues: Now I am Absolutely Alone, Forever
Durée de la performance: 15'0"
Maison d'édition: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 21. Juli 1991 London, Royal Albert Hall (UK) BBC Proms 1991 · Cynthia Clarey, mezzo soprano · Dirigent: Bernard Haitink · Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
instrumentation: 0.0.2(2.bcl).bcl(Ebcl).3(2.3.cbsn)-hp-str(12.12.8.8.4)
Représentations
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-12 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-11 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-10 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-09 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-26 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-23 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-22 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-21 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Mike Gibbs
Orchestre: Creative Jazz Orchestra
1994-04-16 | Birmingham (Royaume Uni), Adrian Boult Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
1991-07-21 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Albert Hall — 19.30 h | Première mondiale
The song cycle Some Days combines the jazz-inflected sound of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s music with the no less distinctive utterance of three black African and American poets, Joseph Kariuki, Bloke Modisane and James Baldwin.

The tone of the work is lyrical and intimate, befitting four poems chosen for their theme of loneliness (the third movement, ‘Tango’, is purely instrumental). The orchestral sound, product of an unusual line up of clarinets and bassoons with harp and strings, seems tailored to capture the brooding emotion of the cycle, whether in ironic mode, as in the second song, or the straight transcription of mood as conveyed in the closing blues. Also adding to the elegiac tone are stylistic echoes of Miles Davis, a musician greatly respected by the composer.

By 1989, the year of the work’s composition, Turnage’s skill as a writer for the voice was already well recognised. In contrast, however, to earlier successes as Lament for a Hanging (1983) and his first opera Greek (1988), in which ritual, myth and drama formed the background for vocal expression, Some Days was his first acknowledged essay in song conceived purely as vehicle for personal confession, a role characteristic not only of late-Romantic music, but also of twentieth-century popular-culture.

Dedicated to the memory of Michael Vyner, Some Days was commissioned by the David Cohen Charitable Trust for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, who gave the first performance with mezzo-soprano Cynthia Clarey and conductor Bernard Haitink at the BBC Proms on 21 July 1991.

Nicholas Williams
Année de composition: 1989
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the David Cohen Charitable Trust for the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Contenu du texte: I Come Away, my Love
II Lonely
III Tango
IV Some Days
V Blues: Now I am Absolutely Alone, Forever
Durée de la performance: 15'0"
Maison d'édition: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 21. Juli 1991 London, Royal Albert Hall (UK) BBC Proms 1991 · Cynthia Clarey, mezzo soprano · Dirigent: Bernard Haitink · Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
instrumentation: 0.0.2(2.bcl).bcl(Ebcl).3(2.3.cbsn)-hp-str(12.12.8.8.4)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-12 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-11 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-10 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1997-01-09 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-26 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-23 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-22 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Boston Symphony Orchestra
1994-04-21 | Boston, MA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Symphony Hall | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Mike Gibbs
Orchestre: Creative Jazz Orchestra
1994-04-16 | Birmingham (Royaume Uni), Adrian Boult Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Haitink
Orchestre: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
1991-07-21 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Albert Hall — 19.30 h | Première mondiale
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