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Orion over Farne

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John Casken takes the idea of ‘journeying towards unknown destinations’ as the starting point for this work which is based on the Greek legend of Orion and the poet Basil Bunting’s musings on the Northumbrian night sky. The two blend magically together creating a rich musical imagery across the works four sections; ‘Orion the hunter’, ‘Sea voyage towards the sun’, ‘Flight from the scorpion and death of Orion’, and finally ‘Artemis’s grief and Orion’s ascent among the stars’.

Orchestral Cast

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Orion over Farne
for orchestra
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
1984 (1986)
20 ′
World Premiere:
September 17, 1984 · Glasgow (UK)
Conductor: Matthias Bamert · Scottish National Orchestra

Commissioned work :
Commissioned by the BBC for the 1984 Musica Nova Festival

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 1313-01

Preview/Media Contents



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  • Orion over Farne
    Conductor: Etienne Siebens
    Orchestra: Philharmonie Zuidnederland
    September 18, 2015 | Maastricht (Netherlands) , Theater aan het Vrijthof — National Premiere
  • Orion over Farne
    BBC Proms 2009
    Conductor: Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    July 28, 2009 | London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Royal Albert Hall
    19.00 h
  • Orion over Farne
    Conductor: Libor Pesek
    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    September 12, 1992 | Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Philharmonic Hall
    19.30 h
  • Orion over Farne
    Conductor: Andrew Davis
    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
    April 11, 1992 | Fürth (Germany)
  • Orion over Farne
    Conductor: Andrew Davis
    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
    April 5, 1992 | München (Germany)
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