The Catford Harmony James Weeks

The Catford Harmony cover
Duration
8 mins 30 secs
Composed
2008
Published
2014
Categories

Small Ensemble Sextet

Instrumentation
1 Oboe, 1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Alto Saxophone, 1 Piano, 1 Violin, 1 Violoncello

Purchasing options

Score ISMN 57036-536-4 £10.95
Score and parts ISMN 57036-537-1 £29.95

oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello and piano

Programme note

Commissioned by Gwyn Pritchard. First performed by Uroboros Ensemble at The Warehouse, London, on 10th April 2008. It was subsequently revised in 2014.

William Billings and Supply Belcher wrote great eighteenth-century American Harmonies – collections of hymns and sacred songs – and named them after the places they were composed or sung – Maine, New England, &c. My Harmonies of South London series (Catford, Lewisham, Nunhead and Peckham) evokes this tradition, and so is not an attempt to portray the places mentioned in the titles. The Catford Harmony continues my abiding interest in elemental or rudimentary musical materials: the piece is made out of lines which are very restricted in pitch and rhythm; these are joined together into a rough, bracing and joyful harmony.

Premiere
Uroboros Ensemble, The Warehouse, London, 10th April 2008