Melodram (1815) for Glass Harmonica (1815) – L. van Beethoven
Funeral Flowers (2005) – Charlie Barber
s sax, b cl, tpt, tbn, pno, 2 perc, 2 vln, vla, vcl, db
duration: 7 minutes
Melodram was written by Beethoven in 1815 as incidental music for Friedrich Duncker’s play Leonore Prohaska. It was composed for the Glass Harmonica, a set of tuned glass bowls which enjoyed a certain popularity at the time. Melodram is performed on video by percussionist Alasdair Malloy alongside a new set of variations – Funeral Flowers - by Charlie Barber.
First performed at The Gate, Cardiff on 24 February 2006
with Massimo di Trolio (bass clarinet), David Geoghegan (trumpet), Gwyn Daniels (trombone), Semra Kurutaç (piano), Matthew West (percussion), Jonathan Helm (percussion), Jonathan Burnett (violin), Katy Rowe (violin), Rebekah Brown (viola), Sharon McKinley (cello), Georgina Poad (double bass)