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Description

The piece is simply a reflection on happenings in Vienna, not long before 'Kristallnacht' – the first of the dreadful 9/11 crimes (9th November 1938).  Virtually throughout, the lower string instruments represent the oppressors, and the upper the victims.  There are 3 sections,  as in a triptych.  In the first, one might imagine the oppressors strutting and swaggering, in a jerky mock-waltz, and then chasing the victims, i.e. the violins, around the streets, as described to the four-year-old Anthony by Daisy Koppmann, the young Viennese refugee who came to live with the Gilbert family in 1938. 

In the central section the metaphorical victims, i.e. violins, try to quell their fears with musical entertainments and dancing. In the final section they are, initially luringly, then more violently, led away.  One hears cries of fear from the upper strings, and a final blunt ending from the double bass, but not before the upper strings utter a cry of hope.

The title 'Carousel' represents the pursuing round and round the streets, and also the Jews' attempt to supress fear by amusement (dancing in circles); 'Dream' represents the nightmares the composer suffered for years after hearing Daisy's account.  Also, it's 'Another dream' because in Spain, Franco's muddling struggle to encircle the republicans, communists and anarchists was, by 1938, a Fascist dream about to come true. There are, too, earlier Dream Carousels by the same composer.  This one was commissioned by the Ida Carroll Trust for the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and first performed by them at the Lowry, Salford Quays, November 2000.

Recorded on ASC CS CD45.

 

Details

Categories
Duration
8 minutes
Premiere
Northern Chamber Orchestra, The Lowry, Salford, 10 November 2000
Scoring
1 Orchestral Strings
Composition date
1994

Recordings

Travelling with Time (PFCD041) Various 23rd October 2015
Dreams and Dances Northern Chamber Orchestra dir. Nicholas Ward 2011 Prima Facie (PFCD 003)
Antiphon - A Tribute To John Manduell David Storer, Manchester Chamber Ensemble 31st March 2008 Epoch
Manchester Accents Northern Chamber Orchestra, dir. Nicholas Ward June 2002 ASC CS CD45

Performances

4 March 2017

Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Northern Chamber Orchestra directed by Nicholas Ward

15 October 2010

Lakes Academy, Egremont, Lake District

Northern Chamber Orchestra dir. Nicholas Ward

17 July 2010

Deal Festival, Theatre Royal, Margate

Northern Chamber Orchestra, dir. Nicholas Ward

17 July 2010

Deal Festival, Theatre Royal, Margate

Northern Chamber Orchestra, dir. Nicholas Ward

11 November 2006

Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Northern Chamber Orchestra dir. Nicholas Ward

15 March 2006

St. Andrew's, Holburn

City of London Sinfonia dir. Nicholas Ward