Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Howard Skempton: Lento – BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth on AllMusic. Howard Skempton: Lento . Lento is music of extraordinary directness and simplicity. ‘First performed in , Lento is a timeless piece, both an intensely . Find a Howard Skempton – Lento first pressing or reissue. Complete your Howard Skempton collection. Shop Vinyl and CDs.

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It uses the same Pressure of time can work wonders but there is no guarantee of success. Few composers go all the way, with John Cage, in their concern to let sounds be themselves.

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Most of Lento is scored for strings alone, and although there’s a central section scored for woodwinds, instruments other than strings are generally used to highlight various aspects of the music. So ones primary concern is with the medium and the material. Skempton initially set out to compose three short pieces to be played in sequence, but afterwards decided on a single large piece.

It was Skempton’s third work for large forces, and his first major success. The opening section presents the “first subject” and establishes the tonic key of G minor. Feldman once remarked, If I was going to wait for an idea to write a piece Id go out of my mind, Id commit suicide.

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Hward containing links to subscription-only content. We are back to the guiding principle of respect for the grain. Lento is monolithic; major and minor triads generate a sequence of processionals.

The work is scored for 3 flutes3 oboescor anglaisclarinet3 bassoonscontrabassoon4 horns3 trumpets3 trombonestubatimpaniand strings. The second section, which the composer refers to as the “lyrical second subject”, is repeated only once as section 9. There are four episodes or interludes. The piece comprises barsbut howatd single orchestral tutti occupies only eight.

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Most howadd Lento is scored for strings only. Note values are restricted to mostly half notes and quarter notes. Howard Skempton has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher.

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The most useful technique is that which best enables you to drop your guard but just for a moment! These words suggest different degrees of aesthetic distance.

Like much of Skempton’s work, Lento uses precomposed chance arranged sequences of chords as the basic harmonic material. Respect for the grain is the guiding principle. It uses the same orchestral forces as the Wagner, though deployment is radically different. Leto is external whereas one wrestles ideas come from within.

I once wrote a piano piece Slow Waltz in four highly intensive sessions, each merely five minutes long. Mainstream composers refer to their ideas. Lento owes much of its character to its original context; to the elevating proximity of Wagners prelude to Parsifalwith which it was preceded at its first performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall in March This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat The piece was very well received; [1] a number of scholarly articles were written about skemptln.


Morton Feldman was another, at least some of the time.

Gleams and Fragments Howard Skempton. Renowned for the distinctive clarity of his musical language, in recent years he has concentrated increasingly on writing choral and vocal music.

It is important to achieve a good sound. Retrieved from ” https: The aims of experimentalists are many and various. Many experimental composers consort with painters, and maybe the attitude of respectful detachment is common to both groups.

A central episode turns the spotlight on the trombones and the bassoons. There are times when the only technique available is to do whatever you can, whenever you can, and howarrd whatever means come to hand. Lennto is monolithic, major and minor triads generate a sequence of processionals. Compositions by Howard Skempton. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

The tempo is more or less constant. The English composer Chris Newman is an interesting case: Academic Skip to skempon content. This material is repeated three more times as sections 5, 7 and Lento is a composition for orchestra written by Howard Skempton in