Elliott Carter (1908-2012)

More's Utopia (2004)

pour orchestre

  • General information
    • Composition date : 2004
    • Duration : 3 mn
    • Editor : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Cycle : Three Illusions
Detailed formation
  • 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

Creation information

  • Date : 6 October 2005
    Location :

    États-Unis, Boston


    Performers :

    le Boston Symphony, direction : James Levine.

Observations

Program note

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.

Elliott Carter.