On the Ringstreet

Mival, W. (1996) On the Ringstreet. [Composition] (Unpublished)

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For orchestra. Duration: 7 minutes and 30 seconds."‘On the Ringstreet’ was written in 1996 for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Land Rover sponsored Sound Discovery programme and was first performed by the orchestra, conducted by Pascal Rophé in a studio recording that was later broadcast on Radio Three’s ‘Music in Our Time’. The ‘ringstreet’ of the title is the Ringstrasse of Vienna, a thoroughfare built at the end of the 19th century following the demolition of the city’s fortifications which, as recently as the late seventeenth century, had withstood repeated onslaughts from the Ottoman Empire. The Ringstrasse today is furnished with an astonishingly eclectic architecture ranging from ancient Greek (the Austrian Parliament) and mediaeval high Gothic (the Town Hall) to monumental imperial palaces and, in the first of these enormous buildings to be constructed, the Vienna opera house: each, however, actually built only within a very few years of each other. In the course of around seven minutes my piece takes a tour of this stylistic confusion feeding, as it does so, on some of my favourite clichés from 19th century grand opera." © William Mival

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: Premiered via radio broadcast as part of BBC Radio Three's "Music in Our Time 1997" series, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pascal Pascal Rophé. Originally recorded at Maida Vale Studios, London, in November 1996. Revised in 2016; premiered on the 10th of November, 2016 in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music by the RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
Uncontrolled Keywords: contemporary, classical, composition, orchestra
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Division: Composition
Depositing User: Andrew Chen
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 14:38
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 15:52
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/206

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