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Arcs and planes : full orchestra

by James Ledger (2009)

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Performance by Sydney Symphony, Alex Briger from the CD Arcs and planes

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Orchestral pieces / James Ledger.

Library shelf no. CD 2350 [Available for loan]

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Arcs and planes / James Ledger

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/LED 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The two simple geometric shapes in the title of Arcs and Planes form the constructional technique for the whole piece. During the writing, I drew large diagonal lines across blank manuscript. I then placed notes on the staves as close as I could to these lines. This method therefore also determined some of the orchestration. As lines moved from, say, the low brass up to the high woodwinds, the arc would be distributed through these instruments in score order. I also drew straight vertical lines all the way down the manuscript at certain points and these became short blaring chords, or planes, in the orchestra.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo & alto flute), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in A, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, strings.  

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as part of the Australia LNG Composer-In-Residence programme 2007-2009

First performance: by West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel at Paul Daniel conducts Beethoven and Ledger (Perth Concert Hall) on 14 May 2009

Performances of this work

17 Mar 10: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Sydney Symphony, Alex Briger.

15 May 2009: at Paul Daniel conducts Beethoven and Ledger (Perth Concert Hall). Featuring West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel.

14 May 2009: at Paul Daniel conducts Beethoven and Ledger (Perth Concert Hall). Featuring West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel.

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