A late-night BBC Prom concert at London's Royal Albert Hall
will feature the UK premiere of Peter Eötvös's 2001 work
Snatches of a Conversation for double bell trumpet, speaker
and ensemble. The concert takes place at 10.00pm on Friday 8th August.
The solo part is performed by the instrument's designer, Dutch trumpet
player Marco Blaauw.
Peter Eötvös conducts the London Sinfonietta in a program
of 20th and 21st Century music - the oldest piece is Stravinsky's
Ebony Concerto - which is part of the BBC's major summer
music festival, the "Proms". This is a 109-year old series
of "Promenade Concerts" in which part of the audience
stands in a "promenade" area of the hall.
In the Eötvös work, the choice of two bells "allows
the soloist to alternate rapidly between different mutes and play
tremolo effects, and an extra valve enables quartertones to be played
over the whole range of the instrument." The instrument was built
for Blaauw by the German makers Gärtner & Thul of Düren.
Sinfonietta (this concert)
Proms (this concert)
BBC Proms (general information,
Listen Online (BBC
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Marco Blaauw (includes
info on double bell trumpet)