symphony orchestra & chorus
Swing was initially commissioned by Ellen Whittle for the East London Community Band to celebrate Bob Whittle’s 80th birthday. It was premiered by the ensemble conducted by Matthew Hardy at The Octagon, Queen Mary University on March 6th, 2022, as part of the Contemporary Music Festival for All. The extended version for symphony orchestra was commissioned for the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra, and first performed by the orchestra on 19th Nov at Exeter Cathedral conducted by the composer.
3(picc.,a.fl),2,Cor.,3,b.cl.,2. | 4,3,3,1. | timp., 3 perc. | pno, hp, t.bnjo | strings
Swing is technically a “mash-up”, a term usually used in popular music to describe when two recordings are combined in some way. In this case, the composition begins
with several re-harmonisations of the African-American Spiritual Swing Low Sweet Chariot by William Wallis. This gives way to a fast jazz swing section, where the melody of Sweet Chariot gradually evolves into Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that Swing). This composition was originally commissioned by Ellen Whittle for the East London Community Band to celebrate Bob Whittle’s 80th birthday. The Devon Philharmonic is giving the world premiere of the extended version for symphony orchestra.
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19th Nov 2023 - Devon Philharmonic Orchestra, Exeter Cathedral