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Ballistic variations

Sheet Music: Score

Ballistic variations : for orchestra / Mark Grandison.

by Mark Grandison (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), piano, harp, strings.
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Ballistic Variations crackles along with a relentless surface tension that frequently releases into incendiary outbursts. A minimal amount of pitch material is employed to counter the constantly febrile and restless character of the other musical elements. The work employs only one scale - the lydian-dominant - and large sections of the work remain entirely diatonic. It is based entirely on just two pitch motifs that each employs a unique ordering all seven notes of the scale.

The variations proceed not by the traditional method of working a set thematic passage with defined harmonic content, but through a continuous 're-dressing' of the pitch motifs in different rhythmic and tone-colour guises. Variation often proceeds vigorously via continual reiteration of both motifs, often simultaneously in different layers of the texture whilst becoming increasingly frantic in tone. Sections alternate additively and feverishly.



Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (120p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — rhythmically challenging

Duration: 29 mins, 30 sec.

Contents note:

In 3 movts - Fast-Slow-Fast

First performance by SCM Modern Music Ensemble, Daryl Pratt — 29 May 14. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Includes programme note.

This work was in the final 4 of David Harold Tribe Symphony Award 2012

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Jun 14.

ISMN: 979-0-720145-98-3

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Ballistic variations
Score [ePDF]: Ballistic variations : for orchestra [eScore] / Mark Grandison.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 38.
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 38.

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- Chamber orchestra


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