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Strata : for orchestra

by Robert Davidson (1989)

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Performance by Patricia Pollett, Philippa Robinson, Andrew Shetliffe, Carson Dron from the CD Crimson songs

This sample is of the Quartets: Clarinet, piano, viola, cello version of this work

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Work Overview

Strata is in three movements, fast, slow and fast. Each of the movements treats music as a kind of layer cake, with several strands composed from the bass upwards (which is perhaps not surprising from a composer who is also a bass player). As the bass repeats, it is varied, turned upside down, and combined with an ever-changing array of upper parts, which intertwine with each other and engage in hockets (the word means "hiccup" and is a medieval technique by which a melody is divided between several performers to give a "hiccup" effect). In the slow movement, the harp plays constant regular pulses in cycles which shorten with each repetition, creating a gamelan-tinged texture with long meandering melodies in the winds and strings.

Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B♭, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, harp, timpani, percussion (2 players), strings.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: This orchestral version was commissioned by Musikakademi Vänersborg, Sweden.

Influences on this work include: postminimalism, counterpoint

This highly energetic work is focused on rhythmic interplay in intricate, groove-based counterpoint and jazz-influenced harmony.

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Performances of this work

26 Jun 2010: at KAMMER Ensemble (Recital Hall East). Featuring Kammer Ensemble.

29 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

28 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

27 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (extra show announced) (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

22 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

21 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

18 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

15 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

14 May 2010: at ... Live Attitude (Thomas Dixon Centre). Featuring Topology.

14 Aug 2009: at Lucid Dreaming (Tanks Arts Centre). Featuring Topology.

14 Aug 2009: at Lucid Dreaming (Tanks Arts Centre). Featuring Topology.

1997: St Mary's Catholic Church, Brisbane. Featuring Topology.

16 Nov 90: Music for the heart and mind, Stoliarsky School of Music, West End, Brisbane. Featuring John Babbage, Tim Florence, Michele Adeney, Matthew Kinmont, Robert Davidson, Lynette Lancini, Kylie Davidson, Tom Adeney.

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