Juno


for trumpet and organ

Composition Date: 2005

Duration: 8'

Information:

Ccommissioned by Barry Millington and Deborah Calland with support from the Scottish Arts Council, RVW Trust and Britten-Pears Foundation. It was first performed at the Chelsea Arts Festival by Deborah Calland and Thomas Corns in June 2005.

Programme Note:

Juno

for trumpet and organ

2005

When beginning this piece I was also working on a flute concerto entitled ‘Callisto’, which follows Ovid’s tale of metamorphosis. I represented Juno, the jealous wife of Callisto’s seducer, Jove, with the trumpet, and became more and more interested in the material for Juno – so much so that the trumpet began to take on almost a concertante role in the flute concerto.

In the end I curtailed Juno’s presence in the concerto, and transferred her to this smaller piece for trumpet and organ, where she could rant and spit in a more contained space.

Juno was commissioned by Barry Millington and Deborah Calland with support from the Scottish Arts Council, RVW Trust and Britten-Pears Foundation. It was first performed at the Chelsea Arts Festival by Deborah Calland and Thomas Corns in June 2005.

Sally Beamish 2005

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