Zorthern - 2017 - 11’
For oboe/cor anglais, trumpet (Bb), horn, percussion*, accordion (solo), and two violins
*bass drum, 3 triangles (suspended), 5 temple blocks, whip (one handed), snare drum, vibraslap (mounted), bleat call (”moo box”), woodblock, balloon and needle, vibraphone (with motor)
Written for Luke Carver Goss (accordion) and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, performed at the Sage Gateshead and released on NMC Recordings in January 2018, as part of Sound and Music's Next Wave 2 scheme.
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Zorthern is a piece where elements of folk music and classical music are placed alongside one another. Though each of the four countryside musics that make up the piece are imaginary, the piece uses material from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, as well as the traditional English ballad Scarborough Fair. Zorthern is a made-up word, and is pronounced like ‘northern’ but with a Z. - Robin Haigh