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Sheet Music: Score

Strata : orchestra version / Robert Davidson.

by Robert Davidson (1989)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 Flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B♭, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, harp, timpani, percussion (2 players), strings.
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    Performance by Patricia Pollett, Philippa Robinson, Andrew Shetliffe, Carson Dron from the CD Crimson songs

    (this sample is of the Quartets: Clarinet, piano, viola, cello version of this work)


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Strata is in three movements, fast, slow and fast. Each of the movements treats music as a kind of layer cake, with several strands composed from the bass upwards (which is perhaps not surprising from a composer who is also a bass player). As the bass repeats, it is varied, turned upside down, and combined with an ever-changing array of upper parts, which intertwine with each other and engage in hockets (the word means "hiccup" and is a medieval technique by which a melody is divided between several performers to give a "hiccup" effect). In the slow movement, the harp plays constant regular pulses in cycles which shorten with each repetition, creating a gamelan-tinged texture with long meandering melodies in the winds and strings.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (65p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 14 min.

Commission info: This orchestral version was commissioned by Musikakademi Vänersborg, Sweden.

First performance by Gothenburg Symphony — 6 Jan 19. Göteborgs Konserthus, Sweden

Influences on this work include: postminimalism, counterpoint

This highly energetic work is focused on rhythmic interplay in intricate, groove-based counterpoint and jazz-influenced harmony.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2018.

ISMN: 979-0-720213-90-3

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