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The Collatz variations : for brass quintet

by Philip Jameson (2012)

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Performance by AYO Brass Quintet from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 49.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 49.

Library shelf no. CD 2589 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Inspired by the famous mathematical conjecture of Lothar Collatz, The Collatz Variations deals with the illusion of freedom. The backbone of the work is a delirious set of variations, played entirely with a muted sound. But this music is interrupted, threatened and eventually smothered by a recurring chorale, played with an open sound and led by the French horn.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: 2 trumpets in B flat, horn, trombone, tuba. All instruments require straight mutes.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: "To my parents"

Commission note: Commissioned by Silo Collective for performance by Australian Youth Orchestra.

First performance: by AYO Brass Quintet — 9 Aug 12. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc. on this work:
Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland.

This work shared 3rd prize in the Ensemble section of the Franz Schubert Conservatory's International Composition Competition for 2012.

Performances of this work

2013: AYO's 2013 European Tour, Grafenegg, Austria. Featuring AYO Brass Quintet.

9 Aug 12: Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring AYO Brass Quintet.

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