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BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2 Razumovsky
SKEMPTON The Rime of the Ancient Mariner * for baritone and chamber ensemble
We are delighted to present a major new piece by award-winning composer Howard Skempton, based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic tale of tragedy and salvation. In the composer’s words, “the aim has been to be true to the character of Coleridge's haunting, sometimes visionary poem. The piece proceeds at a steady pace, and lasts about thirty-five minutes.”
The violinist Mark Steinberg has noted that the abruptness in the opening of Beethoven’s Op.59 No.2 quartet mirrors the stark and compelling opening lines of Coleridge’s poem, transfixing the listener as resolutely as the wedding guest stopped by the mariner who “cannot choose but hear.”
Running time: approx 2 hours
Listen to a 10 minute extract of the music here.
Recording by kind permission of Howard Skempton and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
"Skempton's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a remarkable work which needs to become part of the cannon of British Music." Opera Today
“Skempton's music is elegant, British, civilised, with a touch of anarchy. I see him as a gentleman in a bowler hat, a briefcase – and sandals.” BBC Music Magazine
Pre-concert talk, 3pm
FREE to concert ticket holders
Howard Skempton talks about The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
*The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is commissioned by Maurice and Sheila Millward, who have also generously supported this concert.
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner illustration by Harry Brockway, reproduced by kind permission of the artist and The Folio Society.