Klepsydra : large chamber ensemble
by Kate Moore (2009)
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Klepsydra - ensemble and sound sculpture
This piece for instruments is inspired by the ancient Greek Tower of Winds. The design of the Tower of Winds could be considered to represent an exquisite horologium driven by the four Aristotelian elements, that of wind by the direction of the weather vane, fire by the position of the sun according to the sundials, water by the inner workings of the klepsydra and earth by the design of the building itself. The klepsydra is a water-driven anaphoric clock measuring the hours according to the rising and setting of the stars and planets. The piece is a musical model of this, delving into the various qualities of time keeping, chronos, kairos, linear and cyclical, measured and felt.
Instrumentation: Alto flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn, trumpet in B flat, trombone, percussion, fender rhodes piano, harmonium, violin, viola, cello, double bass, bicycle wheels, quadrophonic close mic water drops, quadrophonic prerecorded playback.
Duration: 15 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to ASKO Ensemble
Commission note: Commissioned by the Netherlands Fonds Podiumkunst NFPK+
First performance: by ASKO Ensemble — 12 Nov 09. Amsterdam
Winner of City of The Hague De Komeet culture prize
Performances of this work
12 Nov 09: Amsterdam. Featuring ASKO Ensemble.
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