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The Great Animal Orchestra - Study Score

NMP1001
£24.99

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Richard Blackford and Bernie Krause
The Great Animal Orchestra, Symphony for Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes (2014)
For Symphony Orchestra and Sampling Keyboard
Duration: c.30 minutes
88-page A4 perfect bound study score
Catalogue number: NMP 1001
ISMN: 979-0-708129-00-4

 “I have never heard anything quite like this symphony, but, then, there has never been anything quite like this symphony … This music speaks with great eloquence, authority and immediacy, but not only on behalf of human beings: it speaks also for the natural world, casting light upon humanity’s often less than felicitous relationship with our fellow creatures.”

Gramophone, July 2014

The Great Animal Orchestra - Study Score

Reviews

“This is an entertaining, sometimes moving work, a real achievement for both Richard Blackford and Bernie Krause expertly realised by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales… The recordings are excellent. The orchestra and tape recordings in The Great Animal Orchestra are superbly done. There are excellent booklet notes but anyone wishing to find out more information can do so by going online at http://thegreatanimalorchestrasymphony.com An interesting talk with Richard Blackford and Bernie Krause in conversation with Christopher Cook, lasting around 20 minutes, follows these performances.”  theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.co.uk

"The Great Animal Orchestra - it's an entertaining piece which succeeds in bringing the outdoors indoors". Gramophone, October 2014

Cheltenham Festival World Premiere Saturday 12th July 2014

"This is a work that has attracted no small amount of attention thanks to its unique concept. Inspired by the book of the same name by soundscape recordist Bernie Krause, its five short movements incorporate into a colourful orchestral score recordings of wildlife made by Krause on travels around the world, from Borneo to the Arctic...the piece as a whole hung together very well, and the wildlife recordings never sounded contrived. And, again, it went down very well with the audience." BBC Music Magazine, July 2014

" I have never heard anything quite like this symphony, but, then, there has never been anything quite like this symphony...This music speaks with great eloquence, authority and immediacy, but not only on behalf of human beings: it speaks also for the natural world, casting light upon humanity’s often less than felicitous relationship with our fellow creatures." Gramophone, July 2014. Read the full aricle here: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/introducing-the-great-animal-orchestra-symphony

"The result is stunning. Each of the five movements begins with a tape of the natural soundscape of a particular region or continent after which the orchestra takes over. Gibbons and the humpback whale feature in the first movement, while the scherzo is based on a chorus of Pacific tree frogs and a woodpecker. With its infectious percussion and jazz rhythms this section is both accessible and appealing. The march and charge of a herd of African elements brought moments of high drama to the evening, one of the stars of which was the Musician Wren from Central America whose intricate 44 note melody formed the basis of the concluding theme and variations. The ever-reliable Martyn Brabbins steered the excellent BBC National Orchestra of Wales through Blackford's ingenious score with great aplomb." Gloucestershire Echo, July 2014

"First performances of new pieces were greeted by highly enthusiastic, full houses in the vibrant last weekend of Cheltenham's music festival. Drawing from the remarkable wildlife and soundscape recordings of environmentalist Bernie Krause, Richard Blackford's The Great Animal Orchestra, a five-movement "bio-symphony" for orchestra, was premiered at the Town Hall by the BBC National Orchestra of Walesunder Martyn Brabbins. The sounds of the creatures – from a pack of wolves howling to insects to the musician wren – were arresting, galvanising us into listening anew to living soundscapes from around the world." The Guardian, July 2014