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Microsymphony : full orchestra : youth orchestra

by Carl Vine (1986)

Also known as: Symphony No. 1

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Performance by Sydney Symphony, Stuart Challender from the CD Complete symphonies, 1-6

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Microsymphony / by Carl Vine

Library shelf no. Q 784.44/VIN 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1986

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.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to Sydney Youth Orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Youth Orchestra with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Sydney Youth Orchestra, Stuart Challender — Aug 86. Sydney Opera House


Article: Interesting display of contemporary work
by W. L. Hoffmann — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Canberra Times, 17 October 2003, pg.26


Performances of this work

26 Aug 2017: at KPO: Vine, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams (St Ives Uniting Church). Featuring Sada Muramatsu, Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.

18 Jun 2011: at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer.

17 Jun 2011: at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Arvo Volmer, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

15 May 2011: at Adelaide Youth Orchestra: Grandparents' Concert (Concordia College Chapel). Featuring Philip Paine, Adelaide Youth Sinfonia.

Aug 86: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Sydney Youth Orchestra, Stuart Challender.

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