Len's music Philip Venables

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4 mins

Small Ensemble Quartet

1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Horn in F, 1 Viola, 1 Violoncello

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solo cello, clarinet, horn and viola

Programme note

Philip Venables is currently writing an opera based on Boris Vian’s play, The Empire Builders, a Cold War farce about the consequences of giving free reign to paranoia. The plot concerns a family fleeing from an unknown loud noise in the house they share with a faceless wretched figure, whom they mindlessly torture. Eventually the father, having killed his wife and daughter through fear, is left facing the mysterious figure, and throws himself out the window.

Len’s music is an instrumental condensation of ideas for this final scene, with the cello taking the role of the father, Len. The continuous simple, slow melody portrays him in sorrow, reminiscing and slowly going mad.
(Charlotte Gardner)

Len’s music was commissioned by Endymion for the Kings Place festival, 2009. It was first performed in the concert hall at Kings Place, London, by Endymion (Jane Salmon – solo cello, Mark van de Wiel, Robin Ireland, Stephen Stirling), on 

Len’s music is dedicated to the players of Endymion.

Endymion, Kings Place, London, 4th September 2009