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Movement through obstacles

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

Movement through obstacles : for horn & piano / Haydn Reeder.

by Haydn Reeder (1973)


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Movement through Obstacles illustrates my preoccupation with harmonically or linearly conceived patterns and the area between them. There are sections which will be perceived harmonically - for instance as one chord or note prolonged or pulsating - while others are presented linearly (melodically).

Whereas the linear sections are based on a 12-note row, the harmonic sections use fewer tones. At first the linear sections contain characteristics of an arpeggiated chord but with little or no octave transposition. Gradually these lines become one-directional.

The 'movement' of the title refers to the speeding up and slowing down of the linear sections as they recur despite interruption by harmonic sections. A central section mixes both types of music and their exchangeability is developed immediately.

Two further aspects are to be anticipated: the movement of the horn player and the requirement of that player to play quarter tones. This culminates in a serene high melody towards the end, played off-stage.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score 14p. -- A3 (portrait)) and 3 parts (14p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 15 min.

First performance by Len Fischer, Joan Chia — 1973. Canberra School of Music

Includes performance notes.

During live performance the horn player moves around the stage - they are to perform in the centre of stage, right next to the piano (in order to cause the strings to vibrate) and offstage. Hence, when purchasing this score and parts, you receive three different parts for the one player.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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