Title: Herr Nun Lass in Friede
Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Percussion 1, Percussion 2
Herr Nun Lass in Friede is at heart a statement for peace. It is built around the chorale melody (and Bach harmonization) of the same name. The piece derives direction from the struggle between the loud instruments (symbolizing war) – the saxophones and percussion; and the soft instruments (symbolizing peace) – the winds. The strings take on the part of ‘public opinion’ – swayed by whoever is more convincing. The piece ends with a full statement of the Bach harmonization of the chorale – a cry for peace – but leaves the listener uncertain as to the lasting nature of that peace.
Dedicated to Michael Tippett and written for the In Aquarius Festival
First Performance: 2005: Contemporary Ensemble of the RCM