Recitative Anthony Gilbert

Recitative cover
7 mins 4 secs

Solos, Duos & Trios Solos •• Solos (other instruments)

1 Trombone

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Programme note

Recitative was written for Heider Nasralla in 2010.  Its melodic line pursues a continuous, but not exactly smooth, course up hill and down dale for seven minutes.  Troubled it may be, but not shapeless in its overall structure, whose broad cyclic rhythm pursues a natural swell, generated by a feeling of dialogue between the chant-line we hear at the opening and a succession of increasingly dramatic interruptions.  The dialogue builds to a climax, marked by 2-note multiphonics, which in their turn take on the role of agents for a final, affirmative peace.

Heider Nasralla gave the piece its first performance in May 2011 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

Heider Nasralla, Anthony Burgess Institute, Manchester, 14th May 2011
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  • 14 May 2011 | 7:30pm |

    Anthony Burgess Institute, Manchester


    Heider Nasralla (trombone)