Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

Sound Histories 2020

symphony orchestra & chorus 

Commissioned by Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and first performed at the museum, on the 7th March 2020 conducted by the composer and DPO's associate conductors. 

Duration

10'

Scoring

GROUP 1 

1 cond. | 2 ob | tpt | vln 

GROUP 2 

1 cond. | 2 cl (b.cl) | 1 hn | vln 

GROUP 3 

1 cond. | female voices | vla | 2 perc., 

GROUP 4 

1 cond. | 3 flt | male voices

GROUP 5 

1 cond. | 2 bsn | vc, db. 

GROUP 6 

1 cond. | tbn, b.tbn, tba, | timp., 1 perc. 

Programme Note 

Scored for six conductors, 40 singers and 40 instrumentalists, Sound Histories aims to bring all of RAMM's diverse collections alive with music. The massed ensemble is divided into six groups distributed across the museum. The music can be enjoyed from anywhere within the museum and it is recommended that you move freely from gallery to gallery.
 

The piece begins by establishing the relationship between the groups through a series of building chords. One by one each group takes ‘centre stage’, with their own musical material that personifies the gallery where they are performing. The closing moments bring together all of this contrasting music together in one harmonious finale, celebrating the fact that all of this wonderful eclectic history and culture, comes together in one museum.

Availability 

This music is available to hire. Please get in touch. The score may be purchased for £15.00 excluding postage.

Perusal Score

Please note that this music is in copyright and it is illegal to copy or perform from the perusal score. 

Performance History 

7th March 2020 - Devon Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Memorial Museum