Worlds within worlds : chamber orchestra
by Sally Greenaway (2015)
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"All of nature in its awful vastness and incomprehensible complexity is in the end interrelated - worlds within worlds within worlds: the seen and the unseen. Every decision, every action mirrors, ripples, reflects and echoes throughout the whole of creation. The world is indeed bound with secret knots." - Valentine Worth (Thomas P. Kelley)
Worlds within worlds is an exploration into perspective. A lurching, energetic fanfare depicts bustling cityscapes: melodious metropolis' made up of ever evolving monuments; continuous construction marching skywards; relentlessly driving rhythms and ostinatos symbolising the bustle of the city streets.
But what of the quiet realm of the secluded courtyard, hidden from view and entered only by a narrow laneway: a secret world within the city's walls?
An abrupt interruption returns the concrete and grey calamity of man-made structures and its resultant man-made constructs - the corporate world at its most monotonous.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to escape? The birds overhead observe the jarring chaotic architectural aspect below...
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, 2 clarinets in Bb, bassoon, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, celeste/piano, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass.
Duration: 9 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned as part of the MSO / Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program 2016
First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — 10 Feb 16. Iwaki Auditorium, Victoria
The composer has noted the following influences on this work:
Stravinsky, Holst, Metropolis.
Performances of this work
10 Feb 16: Iwaki Auditorium, Victoria. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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