EMILY HOWARD
Magnetite

for symphony orchestra (2007)

2(fl.2 dbl picc).2.2(cl.2 dbl bcl).2(bsn.2 dbl cbsn) / 4.2.3.1 / timp. perc.(2) / 16.14.12.10.8

Duration: 10'

Commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008

World première: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic / cond. Vasily Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 6th December 2007

Studio recording: Philharmonic / cond. James MacMillan, BBC Studios, Manchester, March 2009 (broadcast BBC Radio 3)

German première: Dortmund Philharmonic / cond. Lancelot Führy, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Germany, 6th June 2011

Austrian première: Tonkünstler Orchestra / cond. Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 8th November 2011

Reviews

"…the premiere of Emily Howard's Magnetite, far from being overshadowed, stood out. This is music much concerned with the elemental and the crystalline, and it explores that region sure-footedly, relishing orchestral colour in the way the best contemporary Nordic composers do, with ear-catching harmonies commuting between the granitic and the silvery. No wonder Petrenko and the orchestra paid Howard the compliment of a finely chiselled, atmospheric performance."

David Fanning, The Daily Telegraph

"a clever idea, boldly realised"

Hilary Finch, The Times

"Howard's music appeals to both hearts and minds."

Peter Palmer, Nottingham Post