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Sheet Music: Score

Microsymphony / by Carl Vine

Also known as: Symphony No. 1

by Carl Vine (1986)

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  • Library Availability: Q 784.44/VIN 1 — Available for loan
  • Instrumentation: 2 piccolos, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (2 players), piano, strings.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Sydney Symphony, Stuart Challender from the CD Complete symphonies, 1-6


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MicroSymphony is one in a series of works of various durations and instrumental forces which are all concerned with the condensation of motif and gesture. Although symphonic in intent and instrumentation, the work's compactness and overall duration demand the diminutive prefix: micro.

The principal theme to MicroSymphony is a four-note duet that is first heard in the third bar of the work. This motif outlines two chords a tritone (or augmented fourth) apart that contain both major and minor thirds. The entire work, then, follows as a series of explorations of the symmetry and ambivalence of this one motif.

The work deals principally with transformation. Chords become major, minor or both, and then mutate completely. Rhythms become more or less complex against the prevailing pulse and then propel into new pulses and new rhythms.

Published by: Chester Music [SOS10281] — 1 score (59p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 11 mins, 30 sec.

Dedicated to Sydney Youth Orchestra

Commissioned by Sydney Youth Orchestra with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance by Sydney Youth Orchestra, Stuart Challender — Aug 86. Sydney Opera House

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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This work is also available in the following products:

Complete symphonies, 1-6
CD: Complete symphonies, 1-6 / Carl Vine.

Three symphonies
CD: Three symphonies / Carl Vine ; Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Challender.


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