Movement through obstacles : for horn & piano
by Haydn Reeder (1973)
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Library shelf no. Q 788.94/REE 1 [Available for loan]
Movement through Obstacles illustrates my preoccupation with harmonically or linearly conceived patterns and the area between them. There are sections which will be perceived harmonically - for instance as one chord or note prolonged or pulsating - while others are presented linearly (melodically).
Whereas the linear sections are based on a 12-note row, the harmonic sections use fewer tones. At first the linear sections contain characteristics of an arpeggiated chord but with little or no octave transposition. Gradually these lines become one-directional.
The 'movement' of the title refers to the speeding up and slowing down of the linear sections as they recur despite interruption by harmonic sections. A central section mixes both types of music and their exchangeability is developed immediately.
Two further aspects are to be anticipated: the movement of the horn player and the requirement of that player to play quarter tones. This culminates in a serene high melody towards the end, played off-stage.
Instrumentation: Horn, piano.
Duration: 15 min.
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