Crimson 紅
Music Theatre piece for two singers, four instruments and Dance and/or Film

Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Two Voices, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Brass, String(s) Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Crimson began life in 2004 as a piece for two singers, three dancers and three instruments. The scenario was developed jointly with the choreographer Harriet Macauley to abstractly convey the emotions involved in a love triangle in which no one gets what they want. We chose to tell the story with four different texts in four archaic languages, each of which tells a different aspect of the same, archetypal story. Though the music had been composed and rehearsals got underway, the dancers were unable to stay with the project and I was left with about 8 minutes of music and no prospect of performance. Fast-forward two years. Having become increasingly interested in film as a medium for art, I decided that it would be a good idea to rewrite Crimson as a soundtrack for a silent film, an idea I proposed to the Cinematography Society at the University of York. Nezih Savaskan took up the project, and spent a year shooting footage, while I completely rewrote the score, keeping the best of what I had written two years earlier, while adding material and reworking it to suit my current artistic ideas.The piece was premiered on 6 May 2006, accompanied by Nezih Savaskan’s film. However, I do not view that as the definitive version of the piece. The score is finished, but I envisage that this piece could be performed with any number of different accompaniments: dance, film, or anything else.

Premiere Information:
6 May 2006, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK
New York Ensemble

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 2243 J321cri
  • Genre:
  • Two Voices, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Brass, String(s) Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 26, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    21 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: Multiple languages
  • Additional Information:
  • Text in 13th century French, 19th century Japanese (romanized script), classic Middle-English, and Mediaeval Italian.
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