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Van Gogh Blue

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The starting point was the collected letters of Vincent van Gogh. In spite of the tragedies for which van Gogh is best known, his letters are filled with joyous exuberance for the practical considerations of his work: what he will paint next and, most importantly, what colours he will use. For Julian Anderson, it seems the painter relishes ‘the sheer stuff of which his art is made’. In Van Gogh Blue, Anderson relishes the sheer stuff of which his own art is made. It’s a very physical, highly contrasted work about the joy of sound. Instrumental colour plays a large role, and Anderson’s use of two mobile clarinetists allows extra colour as their sound moves through the acoustic space of the hall.

Orchestral Cast

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I L'Aube, soleil naissant
II Les Vignobles
III Les Alpilles
IV Eygalieres
V la nuit, peindre les étoiles (le 25 mai 1889, 4:40am)

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Van Gogh Blue
for ensemble
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
22 ′
World Premiere:
November 7, 2015 · London (UK)
Wigmore Hall
Nash Ensemble · Conductor: Alexandre Bloch

Commissioned work :
Co-commissioned by The Serge Koussevitzsky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky, Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation, and Casa da Música.

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 10448


Set Ascending Direction
  • Van Gogh Blue
    Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra: Nash Ensemble
    March 28, 2023 | London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Wigmore Hall
  • Van Gogh Blue
    Conductor: RCS Emerging Conductors
    Orchestra: Red Note Ensemble
    November 4, 2022 | Glasgow (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Stevenson Hall
  • Van Gogh Blue
    Conductor: Donald Crockett
    Orchestra: Thornton Edge Ensemble
    February 28, 2022 | Los Angeles (United States of America) , Newman Recital Hall, USC Thornton School of Music
  • Van Gogh Blue
    Conductor: Joel Sachs
    Orchestra: Julliard Ensemble
    November 12, 2019 | New York, NY (United States of America) , Bruno Walter Orchestral Studio
  • Van Gogh Blue
    Conductor: Stephen Barlow
    March 28, 2019 | Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , St Michael
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