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Moments of falling : for string orchestra

by Stuart Greenbaum (1996)

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Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Leif Sondstrup from the CD Works for orchestra

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Work Overview

This piece is dedicated to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and particularly in respect to his Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (1977/1980). I first heard it in 1987 as a 20-year-old undergraduate student. I was deeply impressed and some months later in 1988, I attempted a similar mensuration canon structure, but in a compound metre and also incorporating a phasing technique learned from Steve Reich. Just another experiment in a long line of minimalist pieces I wrote at that time - this one was excitingly called 'process #19'.

But this particular 'process' stayed with me and in 1990 I made an electronic version for a play, Atlanta (Joanna Murray-Smith) involving a woman in her late twenties, who has 'moments of falling' where she imagines what it must be like to walk through glass and come out on the other side. And so the title stuck. In 1996, I orchestrated the piece for strings, which is now the final version.

The most overtly minimalist piece I have written, Moments of Falling is constructed around a cascading 16-note motive in the Aeolian mode. It features a high degree of repetition, but as the motive is overlaid at different speeds in different octaves, no bar is ever exactly the same.

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: String orchestra.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Arvo Pärt

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Leif Sundstrup — 20 Feb 97. Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne

Composer's no. GRT 033

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Performances of this work

1 Jun 2012: at Young Virtuosi of MLC School (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Karen Carey, MLC School String Orchestra.

14 Jul 11.

13 Jul 11.

14 Jul 2011: at ACO Baroque Virtuosi tour (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC)). Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra, Helena Rathbone.

12 Jul 2011: at ACO Baroque Virtuosi tour (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra, Helena Rathbone.

12 Jul 11.

11 Jul 11.

11 Jul 2011: at ACO Baroque Virtuosi tour (QPAC Concert Hall). Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra, Helena Rathbone.

10 Jul 2011: at ACO Baroque Virtuosi tour (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Helena Rathbone, Australian Chamber Orchestra.

10 Jul 11.

9 Jul 11.

9 Jul 2011: at ACO Baroque Virtuosi tour (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Helena Rathbone, Australian Chamber Orchestra.

9 Jul 11.

5 Jul 11: Adelaide Town Hall, SA

5 Jul 2011: at ACO Baroque Virtuosi tour (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra, Helena Rathbone.

4 Jul 11.

3 Jul 2011: at ACO Baroque Virtuosi tour (Melbourne Town Hall). Featuring Helena Rathbone, Australian Chamber Orchestra.

3 Jul 11.

20 Feb 97: Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne. Featuring Leif Sundstrup, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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