Elliott Carter (1908-2012)
More's Utopia (2004)
- General information
Composition date :
- Duration : 3 mn
- Editor : Boosey & Hawkes
- Cycle : Three Illusions
- Composition date : 2004
- Musique instrumentale d'ensemble [Grand orchestre type "bois par 3" (ou plus)]
- flûte, 2 flûtes piccolos, 2 hautbois, cor anglais, 2 clarinettes, clarinette contrebasse, 2 bassons, contrebasson, 4 cors, 3 trompettes, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 percussionnistes, piano, cordes
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.