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Judith Weir

Publisher: Chester Music

Tiger under the Table (2002)
Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta
Chester Music Ltd
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
15 Minutes

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Judith Weir Tiger under the Table (2002)
"A group of bright-toned winds shares the stage with a mellow trumpet and a furious bassoonist. Somewhere in the far distance a celestial string quartet is occasionally heard. Sometime later, mutual comprehension begins to dawn. Strange trios and quartets are fleetingly set up and
abandoned; there is a breakaway attempt to perform a piano concerto. Finally, all fourteen players elect to form a band and play together, which they do at first tentatively and with much pointillism, later in a dark hued two-part invention. The music closes with the whole ensemble on the verge of a warmly shared unison, ending with a fragmentary coda.

Tiger under the Table (the title refers to exceptional energy in the bass register) was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and written during 2002-3. Its duration is fifteen minutes."

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  • 22 SEP 2017
    Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin, OH
    Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
    Timothy Weiss, conductor
  • 02 APR 2017
    University of Nottingham Great Hall, UK
    University of Nottingham Philharmonia
    Jonathan Tilbrook, conductor
  • 26 FEB 2014
    Denis Arnold Hall, Oxford
    University of Oxford
  • 08 MAR 2011
    Tigers under the table - The music of Judith Weir
    Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester
    RNCM New Ensemble with Vaganza
    Rebecca Lea; Clark Rundell and James Philips, conductor
  • 11 DEC 2010
    Malden, MA
    Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    Gil Rose, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10,12 December 2011 - Malden, MA
  • 10 DEC 2010
    Bowdoin College, Maine, US
    Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    Rose Gil, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 December - Wellesley College Massachusetts, USA
    12 December - Tufts University Massachusetts USA
  • 24 FEB 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    University of Southern California
  • 18 JAN 2008
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
    Guildhall New Music Ensemble
  • 04 MAR 2007
    St. Andrews-in-the-Square, Glasgow, Scotland
    Scottish Opera
  • 16 FEB 2006
    Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh, USA
    Pittsburgh University
  • 21 NOV 2004
    Nordic Music Days 2004
    The Black Diamond, The Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    Diego Masson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 November - Music Venue, Palladium, Malmö, Sweden
  • 21 NOV 2004
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    Diego Masson, conductor
  • 25 SEP 2004
    Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Alicante 2004
    Teatro Principal, Alicante
    London Sinfonietta
    Diego Masson, conductor
  • 18 APR 2004
    Paine Hall, Harvard University, USA
    Dinosaur Annex
    Scott Wheeler, conductor
  • 28 FEB 2004
    CBSO Centre, Birmingham
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    Diego Masson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    29 February - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
    7 March - Town Hall, Oxford
    11 March - RNCM, Manchester
    12 March - Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York University
  • 25 AUG 2003
    Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
    NDR, Hamburg, Germany
    London Sinfonietta
    Oliver Knussen, conductor
  • 15 MAR 2003
    New Music at the South Bank
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
    London Sinfonietta
    Nicolas Hodges, piano; Thomas Adès, conductor
  • 15 MAR 2003
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
    London Sinfonietta
    Thomas Adès, conductor

...'Tiger under the Table' is for 14 players. Four of them are a string quartet; the otehrs, like the quartet, are living in their own worlds but try to figure out a way to live together. The piece is cheeky, entertaining, truthful. It holds the mirror up to human nature and points to a better, more harmonious way.'
Boston Globe,18/04/2004
Judith Weir's Tiger Under the Table, receiving its world premiere, proved a typically inventive musical fable.
Nick Kimberley, Independent on Sunday,23/03/2003
Woolrich mentioned that his jump-cutting score has a "cartoon violence", and a cartoon quality seemed to inform Judith Weir's new Tiger Under the Table, commissioned by the Sinfonietta. She provided her 15 minute movement with an abstract scenario: "A group of bright-toned winds shares the stage with a mellow trumpet and a furious bassoonist. Somewhere in the far distance a celestial string quartet is occassionally heard", and so on. It is pure, witty Weir, with the instruments in capers like cat and mouse, and the bass department - a memorable opening duo for bassoon and double bass - supplying the tiger. The writing for quartet was suitably dreamy. Elsewhere, it could be chunky, but always with a line-drawing simplicity after the composer's fashion.
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times,23/03/2003
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