Thomas Adès

Court Studies from The Tempest - 2005

Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

Programme Notes

For this series of Court Studies I have extracted six solo numbers for members of the Court of Naples from my and Meredith Oakes’ opera The Tempest and transcribed them freely for four instruments (violin, clarinet, cello and piano). The first three form a sequence in the opera: Antonio: ‘Sir, I saw him in the water/Striking bravely for the land’; Sebastian: ‘Milan, your vanity, your self-promotion/Have brought us to this godforsaken shore’; and the King of Naples: ‘Oh Prince of Naples and Milan/What fish has made its meal on you?’ Ariel’s ventriloquistic interjections are omitted here, so the argument between Antonio and Sebastian is purely human and musical in origin.

The next two numbers are presented out of sequence: Antonio: ‘You’ll forgive at no cost/You’ve won I’ve lost’ is this last of the court arias, from near the end of the opera; whereas Gonzalo: ‘Sir, be cheerful/This is remarkable/Please don’t weep/Your Majesty’ is the first, sung when they've only just come onto the shore.

The final number – The King of Naples: ‘The sea mocks/Our search on land/He’s lost/Whom we strain to find/Vain/He’s gone’) – was composed, coincidentally, in a room on the front at Aldeburgh.

© Thomas Adès

Past Performances

  • June 16 2005
    Aldeburgh Festival, Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
    Composers Ensemble
  • September 15 2005
    Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, Charlottesville, , USA
    Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Timothy Summers (violin), Raphael Bell (cello), Ana-Maria Vera (piano)
  • September 16 & 19 2005
    Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
    Chilingirian Quartet, Contemporary Consort
  • November 11 2005
    Poole Arts Centre, Poole, United Kingdom
    Composers Ensemble
  • February 1 2006
    Focus Festival, Juilliard School, New York, USA
    Daniel Goldman (cl), Euntaek Kim (pno), Kristin Lee (vln), Tomas Koci (vlc)
  • May 1 2006
    Merkin Concert Hall, New York, USA
    The New York New Music Ensemble
  • May 7 2006
    Hoff-Barthelson School, Westchester, USA
    Edmund Nieumann
  • May 12 2006
    Hampstead & Highgate Festival, Christ Church, London, United Kingdom
    Contemporary Consort
  • July 2 2006
    Almeida Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    The Composers Ensemble
  • November 1 2006
    Colchester Institute, Colchester, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • November 1 2006
    Colchester Institute, Colchester, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • November 8 2006
    University of York, York, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • November 8 2006
    University of York, York, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • January 29 2007
    Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
    Contemporary Consort
  • February 6 2007
    Dartington Hall, Dartington, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • February 6 2007
    Dartington Hall, Dartington, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • February 16-18 2007
    Presences Festival, Paris, France
    Ensemble Calliopée, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Pascal Rophé, Thomas Bauer
  • March 6 2007
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Nash Ensemble
  • April 17 2007
    'Traced Overhead', Barbican Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Sharoun Ensemble
  • May 1 2007
    Merkin Concert Hall, New York, USA
    New York New Music Ensemble
  • August 20 2007
    BBC Proms, Composer Portrait, Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
    tbc
  • October 6 2007
    Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia
    Halcyon
  • October 6 2007
    Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia
    Halcyon
  • October 14 2007
    First Church in Boston, Boston, USA
    Dinosaur Annex
  • October 14 2007
    First Church in Boston, Boston, USA
    Dinosaur Annex
  • February 18 2008
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • February 19 2008
    Town Hall, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • February 20 2008
    The Assmebly House, Norwich, United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • February 22 2008
    The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • February 22 2008
    The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • February 23 2008
    Concord College, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 9 2008
    Titley Village Hall, Titley, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 9 2008
    Kingsley Theatre, Redditch, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 12 2008
    Royal Holloway, University of London, London, United Kingdom
    Contemporary Consort
  • March 12 2008
    Royal Holloway, University of London, London, United Kingdom
    Contemporary Consort
  • March 16 2008
    CBSO Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 29 2008
    Making Music: Thomas Adès - Carnegie Hall, New York, USA
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • July 18 2008
    Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    Festival Academy
  • July 19 2008
    The Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
    Thomas Ades:piano, Matthew Hunt:clarinet, Simon Blendis: violin, Louise Hopkins: cello
  • July 19 2008
    Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
    Endellion String Quartet, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Hunt, Simon Blendis, Thomas Ades:piano, Matthew Hunt:clarinet, Simon Blendis: violin, Louise Hopkins: cello
  • November 26 2008
    Holland Symfonia Chamber Music Series, Schouwburg Het Park, Hoorn, Netherlands
    Members of the Holland Symfonia
  • November 28 2008
    Holland Symfonia Chamber Music Series, Doppsgezinde Kerk, Alkmaar, Netherlands
    Members of the Holland Symfonia
  • November 29 2008
    Holland Symfonia Chamber Music Series, Phiharmonie, Haarlem, Netherlands
    Members of the Holland Symfonia
  • February 15 2009
    Filharmonic Hall, Krakow, Poland
    Britten Sinfonia
  • February 17 2009
    West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • February 18 2009
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • February 21 2009
    The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorest, United Kingdom
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Mark Forkgen
  • April 9 2009
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • April 9 2009
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • May 22 2009
    St Catherine's Church, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Composers Ensemble
  • February 1 2010
    Focus Festival, Juilliard School, New York, USA
    Daniel Goldman (Clarinet), Euntaek Kim (Piano), Kristin Lee (Violin), Tomas Koci (Cello)
  • June 12 2010
    Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    Hebrides Ensemble
  • July 19 2010
    Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
    Thomas Adès (Piano), Endellion String Quartet, Louise Hopkins (Cello), Matthew Hunt (Clarinet), Simon Blendis (Violin)
  • July 19 2010
    The Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
    Thomas Adès (Piano), Matthew Hunt (Clarinet), Simon Blendis (Violin), Louise Hopkins (Cello)
  • September 9 2010
    Kings Place, London, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • September 15 2010
    Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, Charlottesville, , USA
    Matthew Hunt (Clarinet), Timothy Summers (Violin), Raphael Bell (Cello), Ana-Maria Vera (Piano)
  • November 11 2010
    Kings Place, London, United Kingdom
    Hebrides Ensemble
  • April 9 2011
    Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Ed Spanjaard, Israel Contemporary Players
  • July 1 2011
    Kings Place, London, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • October 8 2011
    Arts Centre, Bridport, United Kingdom
    Kokoro
  • October 20 2012
    St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, London, United Kingdom
    Dr. K Ensemble
  • October 20 2012
    St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, London, United Kingdom
    Dr. K Ensemble
  • November 5 2013
    Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, United Kingdom
    Anthony Marwood, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Hunt
  • November 5 2013
    Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, United Kingdom
    Anthony Marwood, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Hunt
  • January 18 2014
    Lighthouse, Poole, United Kingdom
    Kokoro, Mark Forkgen
  • January 18 2014
    Lighthouse, Poole, United Kingdom
    Kokoro, Mark Forkgen
  • January 29 2014
    El Auditorio, Auditorio y Centro de Congresos, Murcia, Spain
    Britten Sinfonia
  • January 29 2014
    El Auditorio, Auditorio y Centro de Congresos, Murcia, Spain
    Britten Sinfonia
  • January 30 2014
    Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, Spain
    Britten Sinfonia, Jacqueline Shave, Claudia Huckle
  • January 30 2014
    Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, Spain
    Britten Sinfonia, Jacqueline Shave, Claudia Huckle
  • May 9 2014
    Farmers and Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, USA
    DC8
  • May 9 2014
    Farmers and Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, USA
    DC8
  • June 20 2014
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • June 20 2014
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • September 14 2014
    Museo nazionale del bargello, Florence, Italy
    London Sinfonietta
  • September 14 2014
    Museo nazionale del bargello, Florence, Italy
    London Sinfonietta
  • October 12 2014
    Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom
    Kokoro, Mark Forkgen
  • October 12 2014
    Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom
    Kokoro, Mark Forkgen
  • November 13 2014
    St George's, Bristol, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 13 2014
    St George's, Bristol, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    Spectrum, New York City, USA
    Cantata Profana
  • November 14 2014
    Spectrum, New York City, USA
    Cantata Profana
  • November 15 2014
    LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 15 2014
    LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 16 2014
    St Mary's Church, Ashford, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 16 2014
    St Mary's Church, Ashford, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra

© Thomas Adès 2014