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Name of Work

Turnage, Mark-Anthony (1960-)
Sleep On – Three Lullabies for Cello and Piano

I. Berceuse
II. Refrain
III. Lullaby


Jun 11, 2007

Clancy Newman, Cello
Kuang-Hao Huang, Piano

TURNAGE-Sleep On - Three Lullabies for Cello and Piano

Composed in 1992

These three unusual and highly personal pieces for cello and piano represent the intimate side to Turnage’s writing, in common with other chamber music such as his string quartet, Are You Sure?, and Three Farewells, written for the Nash Ensemble. The first and third pieces are written with extreme economy of means: very few notes in both instruments are employed to maximum effect. The piano part in both these movements enjoys an harmonic world of luscious, soft jazz chords. The second piece is a free improvisatory song for cello alone reaching a deep climax and returning to a pacified slumber. The third movement is a sweet, introspective cantilena, propelled by an ever-present throbbing heartbeat rhythm. Sleep On was written for Alexander Baillie and commissioned by the King’s Lynn Festival with funds provided by the Eastern Arts Board. The first performance was given by Alexander Baillie and Martin Roscoe in All Saint’s Church, King’s Lynn, July 31, 1992.

Program Notes by Alexander Bailie

Performance Date: June 11, 2007

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