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Freefall : for orchestra

by Mark Grandison (2001)

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Performance by Vladimir Verbitsky, Orchestra Victoria from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Freefall : for orchestra / Mark Grandison.

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Work Overview

The title Freefall encapsulates my aim to create a visceral work, one of relentless momentum, as if powered by a limitless source of energy - thus the metaphor of gravity irresistibly pulling one towards the earth with an exhilarating acceleration.

The work commences with a brusquely descending three-note motif. This motif remains ubiquitous throughout most of the work, either as a unifying element within background textures, or as the generator of thematic material.

After a brief orchestral flourish, a light, swirling cascade played of flutes, harp, celesta and string harmonics suggest a hovering weightlessness. This idea, with its fluid continuum and static harmony, alternates throughout with sections that are in a constant state of flux, presenting harsher harmonies, changing metres, and violent contrasts in texture, instrumentation and dynamics.

Work Details

Year: 2001

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

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Orchestra Victoria, Vladimir Verbitsky — 28 Sep 01. Melbourne Concert Hall

Winner of 3MBS Readings 2001 National Orchestral Composition Award.

Performances of this work

Jul 03: Melbourne Town Hall. Featuring Melbourne Youth Orchestra.

28 Sep 01: Melbourne Concert Hall. Featuring Orchestra Victoria, Vladimir Verbitsky.

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