Just for fun 4/n

So, gentle readers, what do you think this image relates to?

ETA: Callum Blackmore correctly identified this as being from We come to the River by Hans Werner Henze. It’s a scan of one page of the Royal Opera House programme for 20th July 1976 when I, as a somewhat bemused 18 year old, saw David Atherton conduct a cast of thousands in that rather remarkable work.

17 thoughts on “Just for fun 4/n

  1. It’s that contemporary work for four orchestras performing simultaneously… What was it, Hasse? Turnage? I saw a clip from the performance in a BBC series on twentieth-century music called Leaving Home, but I can’t remember who it was by.

    How did you end up going?

  2. I’m reading Alex Ross’s Listen to This and am in the middle of the Bjork chapter. “[Jon Leifs’s] Hekla, which is named after Iceland’s largest active volcano, has been described as the loudest piece of music even written. It requires nineteenth percussionists, who play a fantastic battery of instruments, including anvils, stones, sirens, bells, ships’ chains, a sort of tree-hammer, shotguns, and cannons.”

    So we got that one out of the way.

    Therefore, it must be Owen Wingrave by Britten.

    • Fanfare and a volley of rifle shots! Yes, it’s a scan of one page of the Royal Opera House programme for 20th July 1976 when I, as a somewhat bemused 18 year old, saw David Atherton conduct a cast of thousands in that rather remarkable work We Come to the River; music by Hans Werner Henze, libretto by Edward Bond.

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