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Pyramidion : full orchestra

by Melody Eötvös (2022)

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Work Overview

Ancient Egyptian relics have always fascinated me and I find them ruthlessly inspiring.

A Pyramidion is a very special and particular stone that tops a pyramid (or an obelisk, in Egypt), and is itself a miniature pyramid. Very few, if any Pyramidion's have been found still sitting atop their pyramid and, if they still exist, are usually unearthed somewhere nearby their original resting place.

In comparison to the magnitude and size of a pyramid, it's capstone is minute. Yet it is arguably the most important stone placed on the structure as it brings the entire pyramid to a point at the same angle and proportions as the main body.

In an unusual twist of luck (so, I swear not intentional), the climax of this piece occurs during the 3-4th minute, which as a seven minute work means it, structurally, roughly follows the outline of a triangle.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor aglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3  trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, piano, strings.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as part of the 50 Fanfares project.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony Orchestra — 21 Sep 22. Sydney Opera House, NSW

Performances of this work

21 Sep 22: Sydney Opera House, NSW. Featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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