Zoom and zip : for string orchestra
by Elena Kats-Chernin (1997)
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Zoom and Zip (1997) for strings is based on an offbeat
rhythm over which clearly outlined melodies are heard. There are
no direct quotes here but, like most of my pieces, this piece
draws on memories of having heard something as a child in Russia.
Zoom and Zip has some of the typical Russian harmonic and melodic
twists, especially in the first half.
The main idea behind the piece was this heavy and relentless motion which gives way to a kind of nostalgic and romantic melody. The two materials eventually collide and co-exist at the same time. The title has to do with very small cells being augmented or reduced to their minimum and comes from everyday computer language.
Instrumentation: String orchestra (min.188.8.131.52.1).
Duration: 13 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra.. Commissioned funds provided by the ANZ Music Fellowship.
First performance: by Australian Chamber Orchestra — 23 May 98. Llewellyn Hall, Canberra
Performances of this work
23 May 98: Llewellyn Hall, Canberra. Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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