Ketting, Otto

Otto Ketting was born in Amsterdam on September 3, 1935. He studied trumpet at the Conservatory of The Hague, and composition with Karl Amadeus Hartmann in Munich. He was active as a ...

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Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 2000
Publisher's number: 10109
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Subgenre: Trombone and orchestra
Scoring: 3fl fl-a 3ob eh 4h 4trp 2perc str(vl vla vc) 3trb-trb-b-solo
Remarks: In opdracht van het Residentie Orkest t.g.v. het Internationale Trombone Festival 2000. - Tijdsduur: ca. 20'
Duration: 20'00"
Year of composition: 1999
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Program note (English): In March 1854, Clara Schumann writes in her diary: "Robert asks for flowers, but never for news about me". The composer, who is hardly aware of her existence, is in an insane asylum. One of the symptoms of his illness is the hearing of a continuous chaotic stream of music, without beginning or end. He passes away two years later. 'Robert Asks For Flowers' (R.A.F.F.) - I came across the phrase in an article by Eliot Slater: "Schumanns Illness". I wrote R.A.F.F. as an homage to Schumann, the great renewer of the concertante form (piano and cello concertos, Konzertstücke). In my own solo-pieces with orchestra (For Moonlight Nights, Cheops, Symphony for Saxophones and Orchestra) the function of the solo instrument or group often becomes a topic for discussion. In this piece the four trombones determine the form and the harmonic structure. A chain of dominant seventh chords used by Schumann to symbolise roses, a hidden gift for Clara, is now used as independent harmonic material. In
order to avoid complete consistency, the formal integrity is sometimes interrupted by strange intruders, among which the occasional Schumann quote would not be out of place. - OTTO KETTING

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