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Turbulence : for chamber orchestra

by Lisa Cheney (2012)

Work Overview

Turbulence explores the notion of 'forces at play' in our everyday lives. During the brainstorming process of this work I was fascinated by how such strong, natural, atmospheric, religious, physical and emotional forces all have the possibility to coexist, working both together and against each other. I wished to create a work that wasn't necessarily lyrical, rather, fast, crunchy and loud with a blurred tonality, bursts that generate up a whirl of sound, gaining and decreasing energy that continues to compound on itself reflecting the ways in which forces both coexist and clash with each other. As part of the composing process I took the opportunity to explore serial techniques as a means to extend my harmonic language, taking the work to a more ambiguous and at times, conflicting sound world.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Flute/piccolo, oboe/cor anglais, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, bassoon/contrabassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, tuba, harp, piano, strings, percussion (2 players).

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Australian Youth Orchestra — 20 Jan 12. AYO National Music Camp. Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, Canberra

Performances of this work

25 May 2019: at Grainger Wind Symphony: Made in Australia 2019 (St Peter's Anglican Church (Box Hill)). Featuring Grainger Wind Symphony, Peter Chaplin.

20 Jan 12: AYO National Music Camp. Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, Canberra. Featuring Australian Youth Orchestra.

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