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Arcs and planes

Sheet Music: Score

Arcs and planes / James Ledger

by James Ledger (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo & alto flute), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in A, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, strings.  
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    Performance by Sydney Symphony, Alex Briger from the CD Arcs and planes


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The two simple geometric shapes in the title of Arcs and Planes form the constructional technique for the whole piece. During the writing, I drew large diagonal lines across blank manuscript. I then placed notes on the staves as close as I could to these lines. This method therefore also determined some of the orchestration. As lines moved from, say, the low brass up to the high woodwinds, the arc would be distributed through these instruments in score order. I also drew straight vertical lines all the way down the manuscript at certain points and these became short blaring chords, or planes, in the orchestra.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (40p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 12 mins

Commission info: Commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as part of the Australia LNG Composer-In-Residence programme 2007-2009

First performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel at Paul Daniel conducts Beethoven and Ledger (Perth Concert Hall) on 14 May 2009

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ISMN: 979-0-67309-783-4

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