Repertoire Search

Judith Weir

Publisher: Chester Music

Thread! (1981)
commissioned by the New Music Group of Scotland with assistance from the Scottish Arts Council
Text Writer
arranged by the composer
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Soloists and Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
1981
Duration
19 Minutes
Soloist
Narrator
Buy this work
Worldwide Sales   North American Sales
 

Programme Note
Judith Weir Thread! (1981)
I chose to set the text from the upper horizontal border of the Bayeux tapestry, which in my piece is declaimed severely by a narrator. For dramatic reasons, I made small alterations to the original text in places, repositioning one or two scenes, adding the occasional word, and translating the whole from Latin into English.

The story has a three-act structure: (1) the background to the Norman invasion of England in 1066, particularly the French contention that Harold of England had promised the English throne to William of Normandy; (2) the extensive technical preparations for the invasion; and (3) the Battle of Hastings and the death of King Harold.

In the original performances, the extensive percussion element consisted largely of post-industrial junk found around the streets of Glasgow and the shores of Fife, where the piece was written. For me, the instrumental music mirrors my reactions to the tapestry itself: at first, one is charmed by its cartoon-strip matchstick men, but on closer inspection, its content is found to be increasingly vicious.


© Copyright 1995 Judith Weir

Preview the score



Performances
Close X

Newsletter Signup

Enter your email address to keep up to date with the latest news and special offers from Music Sales Classical.
Your data is secure and you can unsubscribe at any time. Read our Privacy Policy




Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2019 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.