Materia Medica was first performed by Constella Orchestra conducted by Leo Geyer on the 14th of April 2012 at St. Margret’s Church (SE London).
Materia Medica is the Latin term used to describe substances with therapeutic properties. In Homeopathy Materia Medica is an encyclopaedia of remedies. It specifies in detail the symptoms, conditions and personalities of each remedy, which when matched with the individual, promote healing. This piece uses twelve widely used homeopathic remedies and translates their properties into musical characters, with each character assigned to an instrument of the orchestra. The musical material used to define these remedies fuses with the central motif, just as the remedies themselves are used to combine with the body’s immune system.
Below lists which instruments are paired with which remedy in order of hearing.
Excerpt from premiere performance by Constella conducted by Leo Geyer.
Cello - Aconite
Bassoon - Nux Vomica
Violin II - Sulphur
Trumpet - Silica
Flute - Hypericum
Double Bass - Gelsenium
2, 2, 2, 2 / 2, 2, 0, 0 / Timp. / Strings
28th November 2014
The English Young Artists' Sinfonia (cond.) Bob Bernhardt - Apothecaries HalL.
Oboe - Belladonna
Viola - Arsenicum
Violin I - Pulsatilla
Clarinet - Phosphorus
Timpani - Hepar Sulph
Horn - Arnica
Materia Medica is available to hire. Please contact the composer directly to discuss rental arrangements. The score may be purchased for £15.00 excluding postage.