David Knotts - Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

The Rider from Artemision [a concerto for oboe & chamber orchestra]


Instrumentation: Oboe solo Flute Clarinet Horn Bassoon Percussion [1 player] Strings

Duration: 20'

First Performance: Thomas Edmiston at the Sheldonion Theatre with the orchestra of Magdalen College School and players from the Southbank sinfonia conducted by Jon Cullen as part of Oxford Festival of the Arts June 2018

Commissioned By: Magdalene College School

I Mantinada

II What the nightingale told me

III Syrtos

IV Flight

During the composition of The Rider from Artemision, I spent some time in Crete and Rome and elements of ancient Greek culture found their way into the composition of the piece. Mantinades is the art of musical declamation and the opening movement was inspired by the forms of this rhymed Cretan poetry. What the Nightingale told me is inspired by the rhythm of the popular Greek folk dance, the kalamatinós. The third movement is a slowly, stately processional dance scored for oboe with strings and percussion.

The title of the concerto is taken from a large Hellenistic bronze stature depicting a young man riding a horse at full speed. The statue was found in a shipwreck off Cape Artemision and is thought to date from 150BC. The last movement entitled Flight coveys the excitement and energy of this young, fearless horse rider.

© David Knotts 2018