For the Members of the NSO Information about our 2017/18 Season - A Symphonic Gallery

Welcome to our 124th season. This Spark publication is one way for you, a member of the orchestra, to draw some of the information together about the season, rehearsals, communications from the committee, and interesting information about the pieces we will be performing this year. Other sources of information are the NSO website, the season brochure, and members of the committee.

This Spark publication is specifically designed for members of the orchestra- there is an online season brochure designed to be distributed to our audience, which is linked below.

The 2017-18 season is titled "A Symphonic Gallery" with at least one piece on each programme inspired by the visual arts. If you scroll down this document, you will see a section for each concert which contains information about each piece, orchestration, and where possible a link to video or audio performance of the piece. You can also book tickets from this diary or the public brochure. If you would like to see informational videos about some of the pieces on this year's programmes, then visit the public version of the season brochure, linked below.

This page was created and is maintained by Frank Jordan- if you notice any link that is not working or there is something you'd like to see here that's missing please contact him at northamptonsymphonylibrarian@yahoo.co.uk

First Concert - November 11th 2017

Programme: November 11th 2017

Ralph Vaughan-Williams

Job: A Masque for Dancing

Inspired by William Blake's Illustrations for the Book of Job

40 minutes

3 Flutes (with doubling in Alto and Piccolo) 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais) 3 Clarinets (1.2.Bass Clarinet) 3 Bassoons (1.2.Contrabassoon) Alto Sax 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, 2 Harps, Keyboard, Timpani, Percussion, Strings

William Blake: Selection from Illustrations from the Book of Job

William Walton

Portsmouth Point Overture

Inspired by Portsmouth Point by Thomas Rowlandson

6 minutes

3 Flutes, 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 3 Clarinets (1.2.3/Bass), 3 Bassoons (1.2.3/Contra) 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp, Strings

Bohuslav Martinů

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Inspired by The History of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca

19 minutes

4 Flutes, 3 Oboes (1.2.,3/Cor Anglais), 3 Clarinets, 3 Bassoons 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp, Strings

3 Movements

Detail from The History of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca

Maurice Ravel

Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Dinara Klinton, Piano Soloist

18 Minutes

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 4 Clarinets (1.2.E Flat.Bass), 3 Bassoons (1.2.Contra) 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp, Strings

Christmas Cracker Concert - Heroes and Villains

Programme - 10th December 2017

This year's Christmas Cracker theme is Heroes and Villains. Audience members will be encouraged to dress as their favourite hero or villain.

David Lovrien

Minor Alterations no 2 - Carols from the Dark Side

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp, Strings

John Williams

Superman March

3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 3 Bassoons 4 Horns, 4 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba Timpani, 3 Percussion, Piano, Harp, Strings

Arranged by Jerry Brubaker

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba Timpani, 3 Percussion, Piano, Strings

Howard Shore

Symphonic Suite from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo) 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets (1.2.Bass), 2 Bassoons 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Strings

Arr. David Lovrien

Toccata on "Carol of the Bells"

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp, Strings

John Williams

Adventures on Earth from E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 3 Clarinets, 3 Bassoons (1.2.Contra) 4 Horns, 3 trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Piano/Celesta, Harp, Strings

Arr. Strommen

There's Christmas in the Air

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani 3 Percussion, Piano, Strings

Kirsten Anderson-Lopez, Arr. Bob Krogstad

Music from Frozen

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 3 Clarinets (1.2.Bass), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Piano, Harp, Strings

Paul Dukas

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets (1.2.Bass), 4 Bassoons (1.2.3.Contra) 4 Horns, 4 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, 2 Percussion, Celeste (or Glockenspiel), Harp, Strings

Third Concert: 24th February 2018

Programme: 24th February 2018

This concert celebrates both the visual art of film-making and 40 years of Star Wars.

John Williams

Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

18 Minutes

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 3 Clarinets(1.2.Bass), 3 Bassoons (1.2.Contra), 4 Horns, 4 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Piano/Celeste, Harp, Strings

I. March of the Resistance

II. Rey's Theme

III. Scherzo for X Wings

IV. Jedi Steps and Finale

Bernard Herrmann

Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra

Inspired by Edward Hopper's House by the Railroad

8 Minutes

Strings

Edward Hopper, House by the Railroad

William Alwyn

"Odd Man Out" - Nemesis

12 Minutes

3 FLutes (1.2.Piccolo), 2 Oboes (1.2/Cor Anglais), 2 Clarinets (1.2/Bass), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Celeste, Harp, Strings

Ennio Morricone

Music from The Mission

6 Minutes

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets,3 Trombones,Tuba, Timpani, 2 Percussion, Strings

William Walton

Battle of Britain

12 Minutes

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 3 Clarinets (1.2.Bass) 3 Bassoons (1.2.3/Contra) 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones,Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp, Strings

Sir Malcolm Arnold

Suite from Inn of the Sixth Happiness

14 minutes

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets (1.2.Bass), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 4 Percussion, 2 Harps, Piano/Celeste, Strings

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Waltz from Murder on the Orient Express

4 Minutes

2 Flutes (1.2/Piccolo), 2 Oboes (1.2/Cor Anglais), 2 Clarinets (1.2/Bass), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Piano, Strings

Fourth Concert: 21st April 2018

Programme: 21st April 2018

Claude Debussy

La Mer - Three Symphonic Sketches

Inspired by The Great Wave by Hukusai

23 minutes

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 2 Clarinets, 4 Bassoons (1.2.3.Contra), 4 Horns, 5 Trumpets, 3 Trombones,Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, 2 Harps, Strings

Arnold Bax

The Garden of Fand

Inspired by the story of the Celtic sea goddess, Fand.

16 Minutes

4 Flutes (1.2.3.Piccolo), 3 Oboes (1.2.Cor Anglais), 4 Clarinets (1.2.3.Bass), 3 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 2 Percussion, 2 Harps, Celeste, Strings

Richard Peaslee

Arrows of Time

Carol Jarvis, Trombone Soloist

14 Minutes

2 Flutes (1.2/Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (1.2/Bass), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Harp, Strings

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Sadko, Opus 5

11 minutes

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 2 Percussion, Harp, Strings

Fifth Concert: 16th June 2018

Programme: 16th June 2018

This concert is inspired by the great British Victorian painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts

Charles Villiers Stanford

Symphony no. 6

"In honour of the life–work of the great artist George Frederic Watts"

36 Minutes

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoon, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, Strings

George Frederic Watts, self portrait

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations

30 minutes

2 Flutes (1.2/Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 3 Bassoons (1.2.Contra), 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Strings

William Alwyn

Piano Concerto no. 1

15 Minutes

Soloist and Orchestration TBA

Sergei Prokofiev

Piano Concerto no. 1

15 Minutes

3 Flutes (1.2.Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 3 Bassoons (1.2.Contra), 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones,Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Strings

Friends' Concert - 15th July 2018

Programme: Friends' Concert 15th July 2018

Yes, even the Friends' programme is inspired by a piece of art!

Ottorino Respighi

Trittico Boticelliano

Inspired by a triptych of Sando Botticelli paintings - La Primavera (Spring), L’Adorazione dei Magi (The Adoration of the Magi), and La nascita di Venere (The Birth of Venus).

18 Minutes

1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Oboe, 1 Horn, 1 Trumpet, 1 Percussion, Harp, Celeste/Piano, Strings

Maurice Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin

17 minutes

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 1 Trumpet, Harp, Strings

Astor Piazzolla

Tangazo Variations on Buenos Aires

15 Minutes

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, Piano, Percussion Strings

Manuel de Falla

Ritual Fire Dance

5 Minutes

2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, Piano, Strings

Ralph Vaughan-Williams

Fantasia on Greensleeves

4 Minutes

1 Flute, Harp, Strings

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