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Uncertain Planning : for orchestra

by Connor D'Netto (2021)

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2021

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.

Difficulty: Advanced

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.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Simone Young at SSO: Tchaikovsky, D'Netto & Dvorak (Sydney Town Hall) on 10 Feb 2021

Performances of this work

10 Feb 2021: at SSO: Tchaikovsky, D'Netto & Dvorak (Sydney Town Hall). Featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Simone Young.

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