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Howard Skempton: Lento

It uses the same orchestral forces as the Wagner, though deployment is radically different. Mention of material raises the spectre of experimental music. Pages skempgon links to subscription-only content.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. This is an extreme case, but external factors frequently play a role. Pure inspiration is very rare. Lento Full score Howard Skempton.

Lento is a composition for orchestra written by Howard Skempton in The piece was very well received; [1] a number of scholarly articles were written about it.

Pressure of time can work wonders but ,ento is no guarantee of success. These words suggest different degrees of aesthetic distance. There are four episodes or interludes. Cook – American record review “It won’t do the piece justice merely to describe it as an enigmatic orchestral chorale, solemn and melancholy, that makes faltering progress through a sequence of mostly minor chords, going nowhere in particular until it lejto stops”.


It uses the same orchestral forces as Wagner’s prelude to Parsifalthough deployment is radically different. There are ten sections, and the melodic material is skempfon for the most part to just two themes.

Timpani are used only twice, both times to produce a G trill.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The second section, which the composer refers to as the “lyrical second subject”, is repeated only once as skepton 9. Howard Skempton has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher.

The Song of Songs Howard Skempton. Most of Lento is scored for strings only.

Lento – Howard Skempton – Oxford University Press

Order from Edition Peters. Sskempton is monolithic, major and minor triads generate a sequence of processionals. We are back to the guiding principle of respect for the grain.

Tonal music on a cathedral-like scale which relates specifically to Parsifal, but has other, wider resonances. Conductor’s score and parts on hire 16 November Gleams and Fragments Howard Skempton. The tempo is more or less constant. The work is scored for 3 flutes3 oboescor anglaisclarinet3 bassoonscontrabassoon4 horns3 trumpets3 trombonestubatimpaniand strings. Note values are restricted to mostly half notes and quarter notes. It is likely that different forms and different media require different techniques.

Indeed, familiarisation, or feeling at home, with the material is part of the process of composing. Material is external whereas one hlward ideas come from within. Choose your country or region Close. Few composers go all the way, with John Cage, in their concern to let sounds be themselves. One has a conversation with material whereas one wrestles with ideas.


Respect for the grain is the guiding principle. Renowned for the distinctive clarity of his musical language, in recent years he has concentrated increasingly on writing choral and vocal music. This is a work to savour – gentle, evocative and marvellously sane for a “cult” album”.

There are times when the only technique available is to do whatever you can, whenever you can, and with whatever means come to hand.

The English composer Chris Newman is an interesting case: The opening section presents the “first subject” and establishes the tonic key of G minor.

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