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Pendulum : overture for wind ensemble

by Natalie Williams (2015)

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Performance by Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, John Lynch from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 68.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 68.

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Work Overview

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium in 2015, Pendulum explores the notion of passing time by depicting the swinging arc of a clock pendulum, symbolising the passing minutes and hours. The piece programmatically depicts a slow and steady pendulum swing by using a regular rhythmic pulse and arc-shaped melodies in the upper woodwind voices. Contrasting passages of almost imperceptible rhythmic content depict timelessness and tranquility, reflective of the passing years.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 4 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, clarinet in E flat, 6 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, contrabass clarinet in B flat, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, trumpets 3 in B flat, 4 horns in F, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, piano, contrabass.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony

Commission note: Composed for the 100th Anniversary of the Conservatorium, 2015

First performance: by Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, John Lynch at Greenway Series: Wind Symphony (Verbrugghen Hall) on 28 Aug 2015

Commissioned with assistance from the University of Sydney, International Collaborative Research Fellowships

Performances of this work

20 Sep 2019: at Elder Conservatorium Series - Back and Forth (Elder Hall). Featuring Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, Bryan Griffiths.

9 Jul 2016: at Australian Stories (Concordia College (South Adelaide)). Featuring Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Bryan Griffiths.

28 Aug 2015: at Greenway Series: Wind Symphony (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, John Lynch.

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