The Zong affair (after Turner’s The slave ship)

Composition


Fribbins, P. 2011. The Zong affair (after Turner’s The slave ship).
Title of workThe Zong affair (after Turner’s The slave ship)
CreatorsFribbins, P.
Description

The Zong Affair is scored along ‘Beethoven septet’ lines and was inspired by J.M.W. Turner’s The Slave Ship (c. 1840). The painting’s subtitle, Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying—Typhoon Coming on, reveals its grim subject. (The tipping point in how such mass killings, which were then entirely legal, were perceived was the 1781 Zong Affair—the Zong being one of many British slave ships of the time.) A short work in one movement, the music nevertheless evolves in four main directions. The Misterioso introduction sets the scene with eerie sustained sounds, punctuated by pizzicato. Woven into its fabric is a folksong of the time—source material warped beyond recognition by its present context. The double bass comes to the fore in the larger-scale Allegro feroce. The septet then divides as the woodwinds soar above the strings and horn with a protesting line. Their roles switch to colouristic effect before the rhythmic unison of the ensemble (that is, with the same rhythms, if not pitches) heralds new ideas: its musical fragments are a bridge to a more lyrical counterpoint, accompanied by a string ostinato. Another substantial passage, marked Drammatico ma tenebre (Poco meno mosso ma flessibile), is a lull, rekindling the atmosphere of the introduction. The solo horn, imitated pitiably by the viola, soon unfolds its uncertain melody within the foreboding, polarised texture. The Allegro feroce duly returns, even fiercer than before, but capped by a gentle, if mournful, postscript.
(As in "programme notes" on composer's website)

Output mediaSeptet work for the Turner Ensemble (formed from Principals of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and led by Jan Peter Schmolck)
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Aug 2013
Output statusPublished
Additional information

Premiere: Kings Place May 15th 2011 - Turner Ensemble
New septet work for the Turner Ensemble (formed from Principals of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and led by Jan Peter Schmolck

Web address (URL)http://www.peterfribbins.co.uk/resources-sub-08.html
LanguageEnglish
Permalink -

https://repository.mdx.ac.uk/item/844vz

  • 25
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

The Fens
Fribbins, P. 2024. The Fens.
Soliloquies for trumpet and string orchestra
Fribbins, P. 2020. Soliloquies for trumpet and string orchestra. Music Haven Ltd. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1910573266.
Lachrimae - for string quartet
Fribbins, P. 2022. Lachrimae - for string quartet.
Concerto for cello and chamber orchestra
Fribbins, P. 2019. Concerto for cello and chamber orchestra.
La Mirande - echoes and paraphrases on music by Matheus de Sancto Johanne
Fribbins, P. 2022. La Mirande - echoes and paraphrases on music by Matheus de Sancto Johanne.
Folk songs for viola and chamber orchestra
Fribbins, P. 2022. Folk songs for viola and chamber orchestra.
Dances and Laments
Fribbins, P. 2013. Dances and Laments.
Dances & Laments
Fribbins, P. 2015. Dances & Laments. Music Haven, London.
Sonata for solo violin
Fribbins, P. 2017. Sonata for solo violin. Music Haven, London.
Dances, elegies and epitaphs: the music of Peter Fribbins
Fribbins, P. and Royal Scottish National Orchestra 2017. Dances, elegies and epitaphs: the music of Peter Fribbins.
Forlane for piano solo (part of ‘Le Tombeau de Rachmaninov’)
Fribbins, P. 2015. Forlane for piano solo (part of ‘Le Tombeau de Rachmaninov’).
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
Fribbins, P. 2015. Concerto for Violin & Orchestra.
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra - Dances, Elegies & Epitaphs
Fribbins, P. and Royal Scottish National Orchestra 2015. Concerto for Violin & Orchestra - Dances, Elegies & Epitaphs.
A Haydn prelude
Fribbins, P. A Haydn prelude. Guild, Music Haven.
Fantasias 2 for viola & piano
Fribbins, P. 2011. Fantasias 2 for viola & piano.
Fantasias 1 for viola & piano
Fribbins, P. 2007. Fantasias 1 for viola & piano.
Dances and laments for violin & cello duo
Fribbins, P. 2010. Dances and laments for violin & cello duo.
Concerto for piano and orchestra
Fribbins, P. 2011. Concerto for piano and orchestra.
Piano Trio.
Fribbins, P. 2004. Piano Trio.
String Quartet No. 2.
Fribbins, P. 2006. String Quartet No. 2.
Zemlinsky's string quartets: a composer's view
Fribbins, P. 2007. Zemlinsky's string quartets: a composer's view. in: Zemlinsky Studies Hendon, London Middlesex University Press. pp. 100-113