52:48 (or How to be Ignorant)

52:48
(or How to be Ignorant)

RCS MusicLab | Simon Proust (October 1st 2016)

RCS MusicLab | Simon Proust (January 20th 2017)

“The final two pieces bristled with character … Nicholas Olsen’s 52:48 (Or How To Be Ignorant), a skilfully crafted, amusingly ironic musical response to empty political rhetoric.” – Kenneth Walton, Scotsman (October 3rd, 2016)
“The more intimate atmosphere of Cumnock Old Parish Church was the venue for a showcase of even newer works with five pieces penned for the Tryst by composition students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland premiered by their highly accomplished colleagues of the RCS Music Lab. There was not a weak effort among them…” Keith Bruce – Arts Editor – Glasgow Herald

c. 7 minutes
Written for The Cumnock Tryst festival to be premiered by Music Lab, Cumnock Old Church, October 1st, 2016.

Programme Note

The argument is won or lost through a person’s ability to convince. This is a skill that only a few people have; it is crucial to understand the arguments, to engage with the discussion, and to be sound in your logic and rhetoric. A good discussion has to have fact and figures without distortion or invention. Research and development of opinions have to be portrayed in a way that can be accessible, and experts must voice their opinions and forecasts.

The argument is won or lost through a person’s ability to convince. This is a skill that only a few people have; it is crucial to persuade others of your opinions, and it’s vital to convince people that there is one topic that defines the argument, and continue to press that point. This discussion should be based on feelings, and how it could be a defining feature of our time. Regardless of the outcome, we will have a voice.

for mixed ensemble (Flute, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone – Trumpet in B flat, Horn in F, Trombone – Violin I + II, Viola, Violoncello)