Elliott Carter (1908-2012)
More's Utopia (2004)
- General information
- Duration: 3 mn
- Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
- Cycle: Three Illusions
- Composition date: 2004
- Instrumental ensemble music [Triple wind orchestra (or larger)]
- flute, 2 piccolos, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, contrabass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 percussionists, piano, strings
6 October 2005
le Boston Symphony, direction : James Levine.
voir aussi Three Illusions for Orchestra
Thomas More invented the word Utopia ( Ou Topos – no place ), the name for his imagined completely happy society with no central government, which followed draconian laws that governed almost all human activities. For example: every able bodied person had to spend 2 years living and working on a farm, and was allowed to occupy the same house for only a period of 10 years before being forced to move.
Sir Thomas More, a devout Catholic, who was Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII and opposed the King’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, was beheaded.