Ed Hughes: Dark Formations

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Ed Hughes: Dark Formations



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25th June 2012




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Ed Hughes: Dark Formations

Hughes, E D:


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The Quartet is a single movement for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The Chamber Concerto started life as a single movement for an ensemble of thirteen instruments. Later Hughes re-scored it for seven players and added three more movements. The inclusion of the horn and bass clarinet, which often form an earthy duet within the texture, gives an extra kind of punch to the work.

‘Dark Formations is the first result of a collaboration between David Chandler, Professor of Photography at the University of Plymouth, and University of Sussex composer Ed Hughes. Conceived as part of a projected larger project this work reflects on the relentlessly destructive forces of war through sound and music, and rarely seen photographs from the archives of the Imperial War Museum of the intensive bombing campaign waged by the Allies against German cities during the final years of World War II’. Dark Formations is an ongoing audiovisual project by David Chandler and Ed Hughes. Strike! was completed in 2006 as a study for a complete scoring of Eisenstein’s film ‘Strike’, which followed in 2007. The movement was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme in 2008. The Sextet is in three movements and is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, ’cello, marimba/vibraphone and piano.

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