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Ballistic variations : for orchestra

by Mark Grandison (2012)

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From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 38.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 38.

Library shelf no. CD 2502 [Available for loan]

Ballistic variations


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Ballistic variations : for orchestra / Mark Grandison.

Library shelf no. 784.2/GRA 3 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Ballistic Variations crackles along with a relentless surface tension that frequently releases into incendiary outbursts. A minimal amount of pitch material is employed to counter the constantly febrile and restless character of the other musical elements. The work employs only one scale - the lydian-dominant - and large sections of the work remain entirely diatonic. It is based entirely on just two pitch motifs that each employs a unique ordering all seven notes of the scale.

The variations proceed not by the traditional method of working a set thematic passage with defined harmonic content, but through a continuous 're-dressing' of the pitch motifs in different rhythmic and tone-colour guises. Variation often proceeds vigorously via continual reiteration of both motifs, often simultaneously in different layers of the texture whilst becoming increasingly frantic in tone. Sections alternate additively and feverishly.



Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), piano, harp, strings.

Duration: 30 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — rhythmically challenging

Contents note: In 3 movts - Fast-Slow-Fast

First performance: by Modern Music Ensemble, Sydney Conservatorium, Daryl Pratt — 29 May 14. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

This work was in the final 4 of David Harold Tribe Symphony Award 2012


Performances of this work

Oct 13: Sydney Conservatorium. Featuring Daryl Pratt, Modern Music Ensemble, Sydney Conservatorium.

1 Jul 12.

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