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Peter Dickinson

Publisher: Novello & Co

Monologue (1959)
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
1959
Duration
9 Minutes
Orchestration
Programme Note
Peter Dickinson Monologue (1959)
This sombre Monologue was written for a competition when Peter Dickinson was a graduate student at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. It was known that the contest required quiet music and that the sponsor’s tastes were distinctly conservative. However, since a performance was attached, Dickinson wrote what he wanted regardless of these requirements.

The Monologue is based on the notes, but not the tune, from a phrase in the chorus of ‘People will say we’re in love’ from the 1943 Rogers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma. This comes at the start – softly in superimposed minor ninths – then a slow chorale develops for three-part solo strings and there are hesitant solos, glissandos and pizzicatos in an atmosphere of continuous uncertainty.

An early performance was in Athens, under Dinos Constantinides – whose Louisiana Sinfonietta played it recently at Baton Rouge, Louisiana - and the British premiere was under Roger Norrington at the College of St Mark and St John, Chelsea, in 1963.

  • Ensemble
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Soloist(s)
    Lesley Hatfield, violin; Robert Plane, clarinet
    Conductor
    Clark Rundell
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