Vic Hoyland


Performed by TACTUS, conducted by Henry Brown and directed by Vic Hoyland, with the mezzo-soprano soloist, Elise Lorraine

for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble

Text: after “En Sourdine” by Paul Verlaine

2-0-2-0 – 0-2-2-0 – 4 perc, vib, mba, - hp, cel, pf,, - 4 vc, 2db

12’ 00” duration 1973

Commissioned by the York Festival 1973
Nominated for the ISM Festival in Italy

1st Performance

Lyons Concert Hall, York, 1973 New Music ensemble, Roger Marsh
USA Mandeville Centre, La Jolla, San Diego, 1978. Sonor conducted by Bernard Rands


Vic Hoyland’s Jeux-thème was the most ambitious and also the most successful piece in the programme. Complexity of thought and density of texture create a sound world that is highly charged and extremely lively. Hoyland is one of York’s most talented composers and should be heard further south.
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