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Stars, Op.3

Category Choral
Composed 1970, revised 2019
Duration (approx) 6 minutes

Mixed chorus, orchestra

Text Author(s) Peter Holman
Text Language English
Publisher Faber Music
First performance 24 October 1970
Venue Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Orchestra / Ensemble London Bach Society
Conductor Richard Steinitz
Review Douglas Young, Tempo, Spring 1971

Matthews builds up fascinating choral clusters whose diatonic feeling is offset by chromatic brass chords and woodwind roulades of breathtaking sensuality… In Stars the dangers inherent in Matthews’s style, those of emotional excess and textural overelaboration, are avoided with complete success. The result is a work of real vision and sure technique…