Darknesse Visible - 1992

Solo Piano

Programme Notes

This piece is an explosion of John Dowland?s lute song 'In Darknesse Let Mee Dwell' (1610). No notes have been added; indeed, some have been removed. Patterns latent in the original have been isolated and regrouped, with the aim of illuminating the song from within, as if during the course of a performance.

In darknesse let mee dwell,

the ground shall sorrow be,

The roofe Dispaire to barre

all cheerful light from mee,

The wals of marble blacke

that moistned still shall weepe,

My musicke hellish jarring sounds

to banish friendly sleepe.

Thus wedded to my woes,

and bedded to my Tombe,

O let me living die

till death doe come.

Dowland ends the song with a restatement of the opening line.

Thomas Ad

Recordings

Past Performances

  • April 21 1994
    Rare Music Club, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • November 2 1994
    University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
  • March 1 1995
    Sutton House, Hackney, London, United Kingdom
    Stephen Gutman
  • August 24 1995
    Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley, USA
  • February 15 1997
    Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
  • June 15 1997
    Third Wraysbury Festival, St Peter's Church, Staines, United Kingdom
  • July 18 1997
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
  • June 12 1998
    Casals Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    Paul Crossley
  • October 13 1998
    Studio 1, BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast, United Kingdom
    Rolf Hind
  • October 13 1998
    BBC Radio 3, Sounding the Century 7.30pm, United Kingdom
    Rolf Hind
  • October 16 1998
    The Point, Town Hall Centre, Eastleigh, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • October 22 1998
    Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • October 24 1998
    Harlequin Thearte, Redhill, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • October 28 1998
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • November 4 1998
    Cricklade Theatre, Andover, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • November 7 1998
    Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • November 11 1998
    Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • November 14 1998
    Merlin Theatre, Frome, United Kingdom
    Mark Baldwin Dance Company
  • February 6 1999
    Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Ingrid Sawers
  • February 11 1999
    Wessex Arts Centre, Poole, United Kingdom
    Craig Edwards
  • March 7 1999
    Helsinki Festival, Sibelius Academy, Finland
  • August 25 1999
    University of Western Australia New Music Week, Perth, Australia
    Emily Green-Armytage
  • October 2 1999
    Miller Theatre, Columbia University, USA
    Locrian Chamber Players
  • October 24 1999
    St John's, Smith Square, London, United Kingdom
    Annette Servadei, Zrinka Mikelic
  • October 24 1999
    Pianoworks, Blackheath, London, United Kingdom
    Kathryn Stott
  • November 30 1999
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Andrew Clark, Michaek Niesemann
  • December 11 1999
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
  • January 13 2000
    PLG Series, Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
    Daniel Tong
  • July 10 2000
    Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Moers, Germany
  • September 19 2000
    Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, Pasadena, USA
    Gloria Cheng
  • October 24 2000
    St John's, Smith Square, London, United Kingdom
    Zrinka Mikelic
  • November 2000
    Danish Radio, , Denmark
    Aarhus Sinfonietta, Geoffrey Douglas Madge, New Hellenic Quartet, Tamas Veto
  • November 10-11 2000
    Musikhost 2000, Odense, Denmark
    Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Huw Rhys James, New Hellenic Quartet, Nimrod Opera
  • November 11 2000
    Linbury Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    Piano Circus
  • December 23 2000
    Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg, Netherlands
    Geoffrey Douglas Madge
  • March 31 2001
    Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, United Kingdom
  • April 21 2001
    Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
  • April 28 2001
    Gateway Hall, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    Paul Hardy
  • July 12 2001
    The Warehouse, London, United Kingdom
    Carl Lutchmeyer
  • February 10 2002
    Presences Festival, Paris, France
    Arditti Quartet
  • March 13 2002
    QEH, London, United Kingdom
    Piano Circus
  • March 15 2002
    Greenwich, , USA
    Markus Groh
  • March 24 2002
    Fritt Collection, New York, USA
    Markus Groh
  • May 14 2002
    Turner Sims Hall, Southampton, United Kingdom
    Stanislaw Loudenitch
  • May 30 2002
    Talia Theatre, Valencia, Spain
    Ricardo Descalzo
  • December 5 2002
    Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada
    Karl Lutchmayer
  • January 10 2003
    PLG New Year Series, Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
    Louisa Breen
  • March 7 2003
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
    Andreas Haefliger
  • April 4 2003
    Abbotsholme School, Lichfield, United Kingdom
    Andreas Haefliger
  • April 8 2003
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
    Andreas Haefliger
  • April 12 2003
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Andreas Haefliger
  • April 28 2003
    Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
    Andreas Haefliger
  • May 4 2003
    Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
    Andreas Haefliger
  • May 6 2003
    WDR 3, , Germany
  • May 19 2003
    RNE Radio Clásica, , Spain
    Ricardo Descalzo
  • September 23 2003
    De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Andreas Haefliger
  • January 24 2004
    Slee Hall, The State University of Buffalo, New York, USA
    Jacob Greenberg
  • October 27 2004
    St James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta
    Maureen Galea
  • November 4-8 2004
    Espai, Barcelona, Spain
    ch. Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance
  • December 11 2004
    Centre Civic Riveira Baixa, El Prat, Spain
    ch. Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance
  • December 16 2004
    Institut del Teatre, Vic, Spain
    ch. Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance
  • February 3-6 2005
    Sala Mirador/CnC, Madrid, Spain
    ch. Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance
  • March 22 2005
    Théâtre de l’Agora, Évry, Essonne, France
    chor. Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance
  • March 23 2005
    Maison Folie de Wazemmes, Lille, France
    ch. Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance
  • May 13-14 2005
    Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Hohenems, Austria
    Belcea Quartet
  • May 20 2005
    La Colegiata, Gijon, Spain
    ch. Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance
  • May 27 2006
    4th Modern Music Festival, Beijing, China
    Julian Jacobson
  • June 1 2006
    Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
    Robert Hodge
  • February 25 2007
    Présences Festival, Salle Olivier Messiaen, Paris, France
  • March 24 2007
    Carnegie Hall, New York, USA
    Louis Lortie
  • June 21 & 23 2007
    Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    Northern Sinfonia
  • September 8 2007
    De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Ralph van Raat
  • November 15 & 19 2007
    Carnegie Hall, New York, USA
    Sharoun Ensemble
  • January 10 2008
    PLG New Year Series, Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
    Amandine Savary
  • May 6 2008
    Carnegie Hall, New York, USA
    Till Fellner
  • June 9 2008
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Till Fellner
  • June 14 2008
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Till Fellner
  • June 18 2008
    Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal, Austria
    Till Fellner
  • November 23 2008
    Lille Piano Festival, Lille, France
    Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven
  • February 5 2009
    Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom
    Thomas Noone Dance (ch. Thomas Noone)
  • November 3-5 2009
    Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
    Baldur Brönnimann, Nicolas Hodges, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Rolf Hind, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • February 26 2010
    Washington Irving High School Auditorium, New York City, USA
    Inon Barnatan
  • July 14 2010
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Andrew West
  • October 23 2010
    Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
  • February 26 2011
    Washington Irving High School Auditorium, New York City, USA
    Inon Barnatan
  • November 28 2011
    Carnegie Hall, New York, USA
  • July 10 2012
    Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room, London, United Kingdom
    Hugh Brunt, London Contemporary Orchestra
  • October 3-6 2012
    The Place, London, United Kingdom
    Richard Alston Dance Company, Jason Ridgeway
  • April 19 2013
    Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, Alicante, Spain
    Ricardo Descalzo
  • May 8-9 2013
    Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    Richard Alston Dance Company
  • May 13-14 2013
    Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Richard Alston Dance Company
  • May 23 2013
    The Atkinson, Southport, United Kingdom
    Richard Alston Dance Company
  • June 6 2013
    Hakuju Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    Eduardo Fernandez, Shin-Ichi Fukuda
  • June 14 2013
    Aldeburgh Parish Church, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
    Lorenzo Soules
  • March 20 2014
    David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom
    Aleksandra Myslek
  • June 17 2014
    Village Underground, London, United Kingdom
  • October 16 2014
    David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom
  • November 8 2014
    City Halls, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Alasdair Beatson, Hebrides Ensemble
  • December 6 2014
    Cité de la Musique, Paris, France
    Ensemble Intercontemporain
  • January 6 2015
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Alasdair Beatson
  • April 14 2015
    St Anne's Church, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Khymerikal Chamber Ensemble
  • May 8 2015
    Redutowe Rooms, Teatr Wielki Opera Naradowa, Warsaw, Poland
  • July 24 2015
    St John the Baptist Church, Plush, United Kingdom
    Tim Horton
  • December 8 2015
    Salle Cortot, Paris, France
    Luca Buratto
  • February 19 2016
    Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, USA
    Andreas Haefliger
  • April 10 2016
    Jurriaanse Zaal, De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Ralph van Raat, DoelenKwartet
  • April 13 2016
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Ralph van Raat, DoelenKwartet
  • May 8 2016
    St Mary's Church, Iffley, United Kingdom
    Maki Sekiya
  • June 11 2016
    Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Adam Davies, Philip Sharp
  • September 16 2016
    St Lawrence's Church, West Wycombe, United Kingdom
    Simon Crawford-Phillips
  • November 1 2016
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Daniel Lebhardt
  • November 11 2016
    415 Westlake, Seattle, USA
    Conor Hanick
  • November 12 2016
    Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, USA
    Conor Hanick
  • January 22 2017
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Luca Buratto
  • April 29 2017
    Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, USA
    Luca Buratto
  • June 23 2017
    St John's Smith Square, London, United Kingdom
    Zubin Kanga
  • July 19 2017
    The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, United Kingdom
    Imogen Cooper
  • August 21 2017
    City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, Australia
    Imogen Cooper
  • October 15 2017
    Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
    Iestyn Davies, Sally Matthews
  • October 22 2017
    St Saviour's Church, Warwick Avenue, London, United Kingdom
    Imogen Cooper
  • May 18 2018
    Elma Centre, Ya'akov, Israel
    Matan Porat
  • October 28 2018
    Hall 1, Kings Place, London, United Kingdom
    Imogen Cooper
  • November 1 2018
    CIT Cork School of Music, Cork, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 4 2018
    MAC Theatre, Belfast, United Kingdom
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 8 2018
    Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, USA
    Imogen Cooper
  • November 9 2018
    St Peter's Church of Ireland, Drogheda, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 11 2018
    Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore, USA
    Imogen Cooper
  • November 11 2018
    Russborough House, Blessington, West Wicklow, Blessington, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 13 2018
    Roscommon Arts Centre, Ardsallagh More, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 14 2018
    Station House, Clifden, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 15 2018
    Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 16 2018
    Market Place Theatre, Armagh, United Kingdom
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 18 2018
    St Brendan's Church, Bantry, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 21 2018
    Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, United Kingdom
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 27 2018
    All Saints Church, Castleconnell, Castleconnell, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • November 28 2018
    St John's Theatre, Listowel, County Kerry, Listowel, Ireland
    Hugh Tinney
  • January 27 2019
    The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City, USA
    Eric Huebner
  • February 26 2019
    St Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, Twickenham, London, United Kingdom
    Clare Hammond
  • February 27 2019
    Stapleford Granary, Stapleford, United Kingdom
    Clare Hammond
  • August 1 2019
    Civic Theatre, Townsville, Australia
    Aura Go

© Thomas Adès 2014