Uncertain Planning : for orchestra
by Connor D'Netto (2021)
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Uncertain planning was written in the midst of 2020. Though my work rarely explicitly intends to convey any message, meaning or certain evocation, it's hard not to let living through a year like 2020 influence you - for your own inner workings to not colour ever-so-slightly your art. Knowing my new commission would be premiered alongside Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, a work which looked forward with a joyous sense of optimism, strangely brought these feelings into stark relief. Spending my days in my writing studio became an escape from the new world, as did creating art; these also became spaces for catharsis. While diving deeper and deeper into the music itself, in the day-to-day practice of writing's beautifully abstract ways, taking small musical ideas and obsessively reworking and exploring permutations, unfolding floral fractal-esque layers that all-encompass gestures and whole structures, searching for systems to carve out imagined spaces with sound, a broken world continued to turn outside my window and the uncertainty outside inevitably spread in - anxious stillness, distant, constant uneasiness and unknowing; overwhelming frustration, searing anger; gentle hope and burning determination.
Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion (2 to 3 players: metal objects, hi-hat, snare drum, kick drum, suspended cymbal, bass drum, vibraphone), harp, strings. Optional offstage: solo horn in F, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets.
Duration: 8 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.. This work was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 50 Fanfares Project and was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Christine Bishop.
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