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Inner city rhythms

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Inner city rhythms : overture for youth orchestra / Mark Grandison.

by Mark Grandison (2004)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (or soprano saxophone and alto saxophone), 3 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons (or tenor saxophone and bass clarinet), 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 horns in F, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), strings.
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This work seeks to evoke the brash and insistent rhythms and colours of the urban landscape. It exposes young players to some modern performing techniques and harmonies, whilst remaining traditional in its approach to musical gesture and form. The work kicks off dramatically, with a series of increasingly dissonant chords for the full orchestra, punctuating successive solo entries from the percussion. The opening highly syncopated pattern hammered out by percussion introduces three rhythmic motifs that will remain ever-present in the ensuing melodies or the accompaniment. The work remains in an essentially vivacious and buoyant mood throughout, with the exception of a rather peculiar and eerie excursion in the work's central section. After a pause, the final section launches the strings into a bold statement of the main rhythmic motif, now augmented. The music then proceeds to accelerate until it reaches double speed, thus returning the motif to its original form.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (47p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Youth orchestra

Duration: 9 mins, 30 sec.

First performance by Kambala School Orchestra, Mark Grandison — 2005. Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

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This edition produced 2014.

ISMN: 979-0-720142-66-1

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