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Lungs : for orchestra / Alex Turley.

by Alex Turley (2021)


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In this work, I imagine the entire orchestra as a big pair of lungs. The music swells up and down as if inhaling and exhaling, as melodies intertwine and branch out like tree-like bronchi and bronchioles.

I used this piece as an opportunity to highlight a few of my favourite things that an orchestra can do. It is an exercise in compositional restraint and an exploration of a delicate yet vibrant colour palette. As a wind player and an occasional singer, breath is incredibly fundamental to how I intuit music, and I think that this translates into my string and percussion writing too.

It was a pleasure to write this piece as the first of three commissions in my role as Cybec Young Composer in Residence with the MSO in 2022.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (21p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 min.

Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Includes program note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67315-126-0

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