Sinfonietta Shorts are aphoristic pieces by today's leading composers, commissioned, premiered and released by the London Sinfonietta. The series started in 2008 to celebrate the ensemble's 40th birthday, and the works created for it have enduring relevance as bite-sized introductions to the best new music of our time.
The first five Sinfonietta Shorts were premiered in 2008, and five years on, the series is back with five more. They will be released as downloads on NMC Recordings from Monday 2 December, one a day for five days. At the end of the week London Sinfonietta's Principal Players perform the pieces live as part of The New Music Show, on Sunday 8 December at Southbank Centre.
Parable is a short work for solo alto saxophone. The idea for the piece came from the legend of the Gordian Knot in which Alexander the Great, unable to untie the rope, slices the knot in half with his sword thus ensuring his future good fortune. The piece doesn’t depict this story in a literal sense but explores a cyclical pattern of notes that is periodically ‘cut’ by interjecting material. The piece was written for Simon Haram.
The works are:
Harrison Birtwistle Duet 3 (supported by Nick & Claire Prettejohn)
Mark Bowden Parable
Dai Fujikura es (supported by Robert Clark and Susan Costello)
Jonathan Harvey Little Duo (supported by Sir John and Lady Tusa)
Anna Meredith Axeman
Individual downloads will be available for 0.79p mp3 / 0.89p FLAC