for symphony orchestra (2007)
2(fl.2 dbl picc).2.2(cl.2 dbl bcl).2(bsn.2 dbl cbsn) / 126.96.36.199 / timp. perc.(2) / 188.8.131.52.8
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
"…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."
"a clever idea, boldly realised"
"Howard's music appeals to both hearts and minds."