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Michael Nyman

Publisher: Chester Music

Strong on Oaks, Strong on the Causes of Oaks (1997)
commissioned by the English Sinfonia
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
1997
Duration
17 Minutes


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Michael Nyman Strong on Oaks, Strong on the Causes of Oaks (1997)
MICHAEL NYMAN

STRONG ON OAKS, STRONGER ON THE CAUSES OF OAKS



STRONG ON OAKS, STRONG ON THE CAUSES OF OAKS is a suite in five movements commissioned by the English Sinfonia to celebrate and commemorate their new residency in Stevenage. The title is derived from Sitheneace, the Saxon name for a small settlement in the area of Stevenage close the St Nicholas' Church. The modern translation of the Saxon title is 'Strong Oak'.


"This work takes its starting point from my String Quartet No 4 (1995) and the title derives from the old English origins of the name Stevenage, via Tony Blair.*

It is dedicated to Simon Jeffes, friend and colleague, founder of the Penguin Café Orchestra, who died disgracefully young on 11th December 1997. When I heard of his death I was in the process of orchestrating the final page of the score: in his honour at this point the second violins play 4-note pizzicato chords in the style of the ukulele of which he was a master."

© Michael Nyman 1997

  • Ensemble
    English Sinfonia
    Soloist(s)
    Josephine Knight, cello
    Conductor
    Bramwell Tovey
    Carlton Classics:
  • Ensemble
    English Sinfonia
    Conductor
    Bramwell Tovey
    Carlton Classics:
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