for symphony orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, bcl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt,
2 trb, tba, 2 perc, timp, pno, hp, strings
duration: 9 minutes
"Promenade (1996) is the remarkable five-part
balletic sculpture by Anthony Caro. This was first seen at the Tuileries
Gardens, Paris as part of the exhibition Un Siecle de Sculpture
Anglais. It grew out of a large four-part sculpture Night
Movements that Caro began nearly ten years earlier. It is a work
that engages the spectator, not only as one walks around and weaves in
between the elements, but also in the way he has constructed convenient
resting places in the hollow forms where one can sit and shelter."
from Anthony Caro-New Sculptures c.Annely Juda Fine Art, London
When I first saw Caro's Promenade at the Yorkshire Sculpture
Park in 1998, I was struck by the work's immense structural strength.
I have attempted to capture such qualities in my piece. The use of a large
orchestra in five movements is equivalent to the five large-scale sculptures.
Most importantly, the form juxtaposes seemingly unrelated elements while
managing to create a homogeneous whole.
Promenade was first performed by the
Goldsmiths Sinfonia conducted by Adrian Brown at Goldsmiths College, University
of London in June 2000. I have subsequently composed a further four versions
of Promenade: Promenade II
was recorded by the COMA London ensemble and Promenade III
was performed by the COMA National Ensemble conducted by Simon Foxley
at Bretton Hall in the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Promenade
IV was written for the Prommers Orchestra of the Royal Albert
Hall and has since been recorded and published by Forum London Composers
Group for their Re:Sound pack. Promenade V has been performed
extensively by the oboist Paul Burnell.
Rober Howard (b. 1977) is a composer
from Merseyside, now living in London. Robert studied at the Royal Northern
College of Music, Birmingham University and currently at Goldsmiths College
(PhD) with Philip Cashian. He has composed a wide variety of (primarily)
instrumental works, from solo pieces to orchestral works.
Robert's music has been played by various ensembles including BCMG, Gemini
(Family of Man, Dual Form), City of London
Sinfonia (The Island, spnm shortlisted 2000),the
Kreutzer Quartet (The Dry Salvages) and IXION. In 1999 his
String Quartet No.1. won the Gregynog Young Composer's
Award of Wales and his piano music has won first prizes at several music
Robert also has a keen interest in composing for amateurs; he has composed
extensively for fellow students, for several youth orchestras on Merseyside
and most notably in the series of pieces titled Promenade
and Lines on a Walk. These have been widely performed and
recorded by several COMA ensembles.
Robert is also a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths College, a bassoonist and
conductor. He is currently chair of the Forum London Composers Group.
Robert's Promenade IV was published and recorded by Forum
as part of their Re:Sound pack and his music is distributed by Incalcando
Contemporary Music Publishing (www.incalcando.com).
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