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Rituals in transfigured time : full orchestra

by John Peterson (1997)

Rituals in transfigured time


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Rituals in transfigured time / John Peterson.

Library shelf no. 784.2/PET 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Rituals in Transfigured Time is an abstract work for large orchestra: there is no narrative to influence the overall structure of the work, but the exploration of melody, harmony, instrumental timbre, and rhythm, drives the music forward through its vigorous and energetic outer sections. The slower central section is the emotional heart of the work, providing a moment for contemplation and meditation on lyrical themes. The work, in general, is meant as a showcase for the powerful and richly evocative sound of a large orchestra.
Rituals in Transfigured Time was a semifinalist entry in Masterprize (1997), an international competition seeking new works for orchestra, which was administered jointly by the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Music Magazine. Rituals in Transfigured Time was recorded for world-wide radio broadcasts by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Lionel Friend, in 1997.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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