Rituals in transfigured time : full orchestra
by John Peterson (1997)
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.
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.
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