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Ballistic variations : for chamber orchestra

by Mark Grandison (2012)

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From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 38.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 38.

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Library shelf no. CD 2502 [Available for loan]

Ballistic variations


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Ballistic variations : for chamber orchestra / Mark Grandison.

Library shelf no. Q 784.3/GRA 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Ballistic Variations crackles along with a relentless surface tension that frequently releases into incendiary outbursts. A minimal amount of pitch material is employed to counter the constantly febrile and restless character of the other musical elements. The work employs only one scale - the lydian-dominant - and large sections of the work remain entirely diatonic. It is based entirely on just two pitch motifs that each employs a unique ordering all seven notes of the scale.

The variations proceed not by the traditional method of working a set thematic passage with defined harmonic content, but through a continuous 're-dressing' of the pitch motifs in different rhythmic and tone-colour guises. Variation often proceeds vigorously via continual reiteration of both motifs, often simultaneously in different layers of the texture whilst becoming increasingly frantic in tone. Sections alternate additively and feverishly.



Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet in B flat 1 (doubling Eb clarinet), clarinet in B flat 2 (doubling bass clarinet), soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bassoon, horn in F,  trumpet in C, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (2 players), piano, harp, strings.

Duration: 28 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: In 3 movts.

Written for: SCM Modern Music Ensemble

First performance: by SCM Modern Music Ensemble — 30 May 14. Sydney Conservatorium


Performances of this work

Oct 13: Sydney Conservatorium. Featuring Daryl Pratt, SCM Modern Music Ensemble.

1 Jul 12.

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