Microsymphony : full orchestra : youth orchestra
by Carl Vine (1986)
Also known as: Symphony No. 1
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MicroSymphony is one in a series of works of
various durations and instrumental forces which are all concerned
with the condensation of motif and gesture. Although symphonic in
intent and instrumentation, the work's compactness and overall
duration demand the diminutive prefix: micro.
The principal theme to MicroSymphony is a four-note duet that is first heard in the third bar of the work. This motif outlines two chords a tritone (or augmented fourth) apart that contain both major and minor thirds. The entire work, then, follows as a series of explorations of the symmetry and ambivalence of this one motif.
The work deals principally with transformation. Chords become major, minor or both, and then mutate completely. Rhythms become more or less complex against the prevailing pulse and then propel into new pulses and new rhythms.
Instrumentation: 2 piccolos, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (2 players), piano, strings.
Duration: 12 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Sydney Youth Orchestra
Article: Interesting display of contemporary work
by W. L. Hoffmann — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Canberra Times, 17 October 2003, pg.26
- In the form/style of: Symphonies
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