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Splinter : for wind ensemble

by Holly Harrison (2020)



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Work Overview

In this context, the word 'Splinter' means to break into small, sharp fragments, and refers to the way in which the piece is structured as a type of mosaic or stylistic patchwork. Many sections of the piece feature instrument sounds breaking or distorting in some way - whether this be in the extremes of register, wild glissandos, or crunchy chords. The other meaning of 'splinter' is as a foreign object within the body. This acts as a metaphor for my experimentation with some lighter, delicate moments, which are not always part of my musical soundworld.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 4 flutes, 2 oboes, 6 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, soprano saxophone in B flat, alto saxophone in E flat, tenor saxophone in B flat, baritone saxophone in E flat, 4 trumpets in C, 4 horns in F, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, timpani, 4 percussion (1 = drum kit).

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: This version commissioned by Consortium

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2021 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Large Ensemble Finalist Holly Harrison

Performances of this work

2 Mar 20: San Jose State University Concert Hall, CA, USA.

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