Fight music Philip Venables

Fight music cover
Duration
4 mins 50 secs
Composed
2009
Published
2009
Categories

Large Ensemble

Instrumentation
1 Flute, 1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Trumpet in B-flat, 1 Trombone, 1 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Violoncello, 1 Double bass

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flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, cello and double bass

Programme note

Fight music is a scene from a chamber opera that I’m working on called Les Bâtisseurs D’Empire (The Empire Builders), adapted from the Boris Vian play of the same name. Theopera is a violent, surreal comment on war and colonisation. This music accompanies a fight scene where members of the family and their maid savagely beat a bandaged mysterious figure lurking in the corner while discussing what they’ll eat for dinner. It’s absurdist cartoon horror.

Fight music was commissioned by Endymion, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary in 2009. It was first performed in the concert hall at Kings Place, London, by Endymion, conducted by Quentin Poole, on 5th June 2009. The premiere performance was recorded by NMC Recordings and is available on disc.

Fight music is dedicated to the players of Endymion.

Premiere
Endymion cond. Quentin Poole, Kings Place, London, 5th June 2009
Performances
  • 18 May 2016 |

    Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre

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    Forest Collective - Sensuality in the City

  • 5 Jun 2009 | 8:30pm |

    Sound Census: Endymion week, Hall One, King's Place, London

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    Endymion cond. Quentin Poole

Recordings