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Orchestral Equations

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Orchestral Equations : for chamber orchestra [eScore] / May Lyon.

by May Lyon (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 flutes (dbl picc), oboe, cor anglais, 2 Bb clarinets, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns in F, 2 Bb trumpets, timpani, percussion (2 players: vibraphone, suspended cymbal, temple blocks, triangle, wood block, bass drum), harp, strings.
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Orchestral Equations is a three-movement symphonic poem loosely based on the solving of a 17th century mathematical riddle, as written about by Simon Singh in Fermat's Last Theorem.
In the mid 1600s Pierre de Fermat stated in his notes that no values above 2 existed for the mathematical statement x2 + y2= z2. Characteristically, he also didn't demonstrate this proof. Time showed that Fermat probably did not have the proof, as many of the most brilliant mathematicians worked on the problem for over three centuries, while also creating advanced mathematical proofs in their respective fields. It wasn't until 1991 that Andrew Wiles, using the latest mathematics and a conjecture created by his predecessors, finally proved Fermat's theory correct.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (52p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins

Contents note:

I. Tiny Steps -- II. Time, Turing and Taniyama -- III. Wiles.

First performance by National Capital Orchestra — 13 Oct 19. The Q, Queanbeyan, NSW

Includes program note.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Mathematics, Math, Algebra, Fermat's Last Theorem, Pythagoras, Andrew Wiles, Turing, Taniyama

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This edition produced Aug 19.

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