Killian - Ted Hughes Suite

Ted Hughes Suite - Lawrence Killian
Suite in 3 Movements for Orchestra

I - YOUTH (5' 30”)

Duration: approx. 18 minutes
Commission: by the Elmet Trust Ltd. for ’The Ted Hughes Festival 2008’.

2+1,2+1,2,2 : 4,3,3,1 : harp (optional): Strings: Timpani, and 2 percussion
1 - Timpani (A, D, E), also plays:  Vibra-slap, Tam-tam, Whip, Maracas, and Wind Chimes
2 - Percussion 1: Tambourine, Xylophone, Wind Chimes, Clashed Cymbals, Vibraslap (Shared with Perc.2), Tam-tam (Shared with timp. player), Suspended Cymbals (with stick), and Snare Drum
3 - Percussion 2: Wind Chimes, Bass Drum, Vibra-slap, Tubular Bells, Drum Kit (S.D., B.D., Sus. Cymbal (with brushes), Clashed Cymbals, Bongos (x2)

Movement 1 - Youth

Movement 2 - Affairs of the Heart

Movement 3 - The Poet Laureate

Concert Review (Premier), Todmorden Orchestra:
The Ted Hughes Suite by Lawrence Killian, the orchestra’s first trumpet, struck me as much more instantly successful and noticeably gripped the affections of the audience. Killian studied with John McCabe and Hans Keller. His Three Lands suite was played at last year’s Tod Proms concert as was Reeman’s Beside the Seaside. The tripartite Hughes suite began with His Youth in which an idyllic summery haze and the sweet rasp of bird-song give way to a lush Ravel-like consonance and an unruly impressionist outburst recalling Frank Bridge’s Enter Spring. His Loves was almost too public in its celebratory extroversion soon offering intimations of the skull beneath the face. An incongruous but utterly enjoyable flouncy soft-shoe shuffle sweeps us into a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance in the long and honourable lineage of British light music. Finally came the deeply impressive Poet Laureate movement with a strongly memorable tune, splendid Waltonian irruptions, rumba percussion and a flourish that brought a smile to the face. This music deserves wide currency. I hope that it receives its due. BBC Radio 3, Classic Fm, ASV Sanctuary, Avie and Naxos really should pay this work some heed. Do not let this superb music slip away.
(Rob Barnett, November 2008)

© Lawrence Killian 2019