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Forests (Travels with Alex 2)

for viola obbligato and large ensemble

Year:  2013 Instrumentation:  piccolo, flute, alto flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in B flat, bass trombone, timpani, 3 percussion (1: sbug-chal [2 high-bossed Tibetan cymbals, hand-held and clashed together]; 2: glockenspiel; 3: marimba, tubular bells), harp, celesta doubling harpsichord, 3 violins, cello, double bass

Year:  2013
Instrumentation  piccolo, flute, alto flute,...

Composer:   Richard Bolley

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Sample Score

Sample: Instrumentation page and pages 1 - 5 of score

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Forests is the second piece in the cycle Travels with Alex for viola obbligato and various chamber ensembles. All the other pieces in the cycle are based on Forests. It also requires the fullest instrumentation in the cycle.

The score bears the following inscription: 'Alexandra and Yongden's long journey across difficult and inhospitable terrain from China to Tibet is still shrouded in magic and mystery today.'

Dedication note

Celebrating Alexandra David-Néel (1868-1969) and remembering Fiona McLean (1952-2011)