Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Howard Skempton: Lento – BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth on AllMusic. Howard Skempton: Lento . Lento is music of extraordinary directness and simplicity. ‘First performed in , Lento is a timeless piece, both an intensely . Find a Howard Skempton – Lento first pressing or reissue. Complete your Howard Skempton collection. Shop Vinyl and CDs.

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It is important to achieve a good sound. The Song of Songs Howard Skempton. A central episode turns the spotlight on the trombones and the bassoons. Stravinsky was one of them. We are back to the guiding principle of respect for the grain.

Lento – Howard Skempton – Oxford University Press

Academic Skip to main content. The English composer Chris Newman is an interesting case: The second section, which the composer refers to as the “lyrical second subject”, is repeated only once noward section 9.

These lebto suggest different degrees of aesthetic distance. Lento is monolithic, major and minor triads generate a sequence of processionals. Pages containing links to subscription-only content.


There are four episodes or interludes. This is a work to savour – gentle, evocative and marvellously sane for a “cult” album”. How do we find our material?

Skempton initially set out to compose three short pieces to be played in sequence, but afterwards decided on a single large piece. Most of Lento is scored for strings alone, and although there’s a central section scored for woodwinds, instruments other than strings are generally used to highlight various aspects of the music.

Howard Skempton: Lento

Indeed, familiarisation, or skem;ton at home, with the material is part of the process of composing. It uses the same orchestral forces as the Wagner, though deployment is radically different.

I once wrote a piano piece Lejto Waltz in four highly intensive sessions, each merely five minutes long. Madame White Snake Zhou Long. There are ten sections, and the melodic material is restricted for the most part to just two themes. This detachment of experimentalists nicely ambiguous, like the murmuration of bees!

Timpani are used only twice, both times to produce a G trill. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The instrumentation is the hoard as that of Wagner’s Parsifal prelude, although Skempton’s use of instruments is very different.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It uses the same orchestral forces as Wagner’s prelude to Parsifalthough deployment is radically different. M – Gramophone “Once heard, its music you’ve always known.

Feldman once remarked, If I was going to wait for an idea to write a piece Id go out of my mind, Id commit suicide. The work is scored for 3 flutes3 oboescor anglaisclarinet3 bassoonscontrabassoon4 horns3 trumpets3 trombonestubatimpaniand strings. The aims of experimentalists are many and various. The piece comprises barsbut the single orchestral tutti occupies only eight.

Tonal music on a cathedral-like scale which relates specifically to Parsifal, but has other, wider resonances.

Pure inspiration is very rare. Conductor’s score and parts on hire.