Tournaments : full orchestra
by Christopher Gordon (2003)
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Two rousing and powerful pieces bringing to mind the epic worlds of The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones.
The composer said, "When I was commissioned to compose a few pieces for the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, Sydney 2003 I found inspiration by drawing a parallel with the warriors and knights of medieval time and of mythology and high fantasy. A stark brutality is reflected in the raw barbaric orchestrations, while chivalry and nobility can be found in the uplifting heroic themes."
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets in B flat, 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (6-7 players), piano, harp, strings.
Duration: 10 min.
Contents note: I. Heroes March (2 min.) -- II. The Gathering (7 min., 20 sec.)
Commission note: Based on music composed for opening ceremong of Rugby World Cup, Sydney, 2003.
- On the occasion of: Rugby World Cup, Sydney 2003
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