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Madonna of Silence

a drama for trombone and orchestra
trombone and orchestra
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Madonna of Silence is far from the quiet piece implied by the title. Indeed, it reflects the inner turbulence of Michelangelo’s extraordinary drawing Madonna del Silenzio on which the work is based. Michelangelo’s drawing has informed every aspect of my new work, which I have decided not to call trombone concerto, but a drama for trombone and orchestra. The trombone takes on many roles: at the start it represents the quiet, inner voice of the Madonna as she gazes in contemplation at the child, later singing a hymn and, towards the end of the work, lamentations. Both soloist and orchestra are equally engaged in the unfolding drama of a scene brimming with unease and premonitions. John Casken

Orchestral Cast

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I The Madonna in Contemplation
II Premonitions
III The Madonna's Hymn
IV Joseph the Witness
V The Distant Figure
VI The Wounded Child, The Tortured Child, The Fallen Child
VII The Madonna's Lamentations
VIII The Empty Hour-glass

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Madonna of Silence
a drama for trombone and orchestra
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
2017 - 2018
24 ′
World Premiere:
February 28, 2019 · Manchester (UK)
Bridgewater Hall
Katy Jones, trombone · Conductor: Jamie Phillips · Hallé Orchestra

Commissioned work :
Commissioned by the Hallé Concerts Society

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 10484


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    Conductor: Jamie Phillips
    Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
    February 28, 2019 | Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Bridgewater Hall — World Premiere
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