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as though birds


I liked the idea of something large contained in a really small space … it’s a wonderful metaphor for writing a three and a half minute piece for an orchestra …

Conceived as three miniature one-minute variations, the origins of as though birds may be traced to the town of Lenox, Massachusetts, where Ogonek was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center. Here, in a small bookstore, a chance encounter with Novels in Three Lines by Parisian anarchist and art critic Félix Fénéon proved to be the creative catalyst for the work. However, finding nothing in Fénéon’s work that spoke on a musical level, Ogonek turned to a long-time collaborator, the poet and playwright Jonathan Dubow, whose matrix-like poem Fugal offered more fruitful inspiration, while still maintaining the ideal of the ‘miniature’, discovered in Fénéon. From Dubow’s text, one stanza in particular, 'as though birds, startled by a moulting sound quietly dispersed', proffered the imagistic material that Ogonek has captured so successfully in her music.

from notes by LSO Live © 2016


The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 2
Studio Master: LSO5070Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for LSO5070 track 23

Recording date
4 June 2015
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Stokes
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
Hyperion usage
  1. The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 2 (LSO5070)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: April 2016
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