Elk branches : chamber orchestra
by Sally Greenaway (2014)
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Light filters through the stillness of the forest,
Where the elk's antlers reach up into the dark, tangled branches…
The piece features a 4-note melodic motif, which weaves its way through a variety of instrumental colour combinations, textures and moods. The effervescent moments in this work explore the interaction of several small ensembles within the orchestra. The climax is a wild fanfare - described as 'Nordic Triumph!' in the score - inspired by the grand and wild forests of Scandinavia.
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, tuba, harp, piano, bass drum, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, strings.
Duration: 5 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Youth Orchestra.. Composed for the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp 2014
First performance: by Australian Youth Orchestra Composers Ensemble — 17 Jan 14. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra
Performances of this work
17 Jan 14: Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra. Featuring Australian Youth Orchestra Composers Ensemble.
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