The first three posts covered the basics of the programme through to working with large, complicated scores. I’m going to continue the series with several posts dealing with advanced techniques and non-standard notation. This post deals with issues of spacing in complex scores.
While “spellbinding”, “astonishing” and “glorious” are not words common in reviews of 21st century classical music, Hans Abrahamson’s Let Me Tell You – which has garnered a slew of ecstatic praise since its premiere in 2013 – has commanded them all. Despite over twenty performances across Europe – a fairly big deal for a new piece of concert music – the work only arrived in the UK in August of 2016, when it was performed at the Proms by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its new chief conductor, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.