Slanted : for string orchestra
by Harry Sdraulig (2022)
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In a technical sense, the work constitutes a set of eighteen variations on an opening theme which, as the title suggests, is 'slanted' in its pitch architecture: most of the melodic and harmonic material throughout slopes in one direction or another. However, these variations flow seamlessly enough for the structure of the overall piece to be perceived by the listener as being in two parts: the first fast and frenetic, and the second slow and lyrical.
Of course, the term 'slanted' carries with it distinct present-day connotations in the political and social spheres. Without wishing to advocate for any particular angle, I have become increasingly aware in recent years of how much one's personal beliefs about themselves and the world are influenced by personally lived experiences (of which the sample size is often very small), news and social media consumption, and broad, often unquestioned cultural narratives to the effect that navigating any path towards the 'truth' is often a helpless task.
Duration: 10 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra.. Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, generously supported by Rob and Nancy Pallin
Performances of this work
2 Feb 23: Newcastle City Hall, NSW. Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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