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TURNAGE: Blood on the Floor (PAL)


TURNAGE: Blood on the Floor (PAL)

Mark-Anthony TURNAGE

Blood On The Floor
For three jazz soloists and large ensemble
From the Frankfurt Alte Oper 1996

Blood On The Floor; Anthem (by Peter Erskine, arr. Turnage); Protocol (by John Scofield, arr. Turnage)

John Scofield (guitar), Peter Erskine (drums), Martin Robertson (saxes), Ensemble Modern, Peter Rundel

Directed for Video by Barrie Gavin

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitle Languages (Intro): D, GB,
Menu Languages (Intro): F, SP
Region Code: 2, 5
Running Time: 92 mins

Catalogue Number:
100 430

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage has rapidly earned a unique position among composers of his generation for his distinctively lyrical compositional voice, his ability to create complex yet always lucid instrumental textures, and his innate dramatic sense.
  • Improvisation and jazz-style melodies have been part of Turnage’s work for many years, but this is the composer’s first large-scale attempt to obliterate artificial boundaries between one ‘type’ of music and another. A brutally powerful high octane fusion of jazz and classical styles, Blood on the Floor concentrates on themes of urban alienation and drug abuse and is described by Turnage as “probably the nastiest thing I have written”.
  • The work is titled after a Francis Bacon painting which he took as a starting point. It is one of the artist’s starkest canvases – an angry splash of blood lies on a wooden floor, surrounded by lurid orange walls, lit by a bare bulb. But Blood on the Floor also bears the influence of other contemporary works of art and literature – Junior Addict, a soulful poem by black Am erican writer Langston Hughes inspired the second of the nine movements, Dispelling the Fears by Australian Artist Heather Betts the last. The tragedy of his young brother’s death from a drugs overdose influenced the sixth, Elegy for Andy.


Erskine, Peter; Scofield, John; Turnage, Mark Anthony

Turnage, Mark Anthony

Rundel, Peter

Ensemble Modern

Erskine, Peter; Robertson, Martin; Scofield, John

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Classical Concert

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 100430

Barcode: 4006680104300

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Physical Release: 04/2006

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