Freefall : for orchestra
by Mark Grandison (2001)
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The title Freefall encapsulates my aim to create a visceral work, one of relentless momentum, as if powered by a limitless source of energy - thus the metaphor of gravity irresistibly pulling one towards the earth with an exhilarating acceleration.
The work commences with a brusquely descending three-note motif. This motif remains ubiquitous throughout most of the work, either as a unifying element within background textures, or as the generator of thematic material.
brief orchestral flourish, a light, swirling cascade played of
flutes, harp, celesta and string harmonics suggest a hovering
weightlessness. This idea, with its fluid continuum and
static harmony, alternates throughout with sections that are in a
constant state of flux, presenting harsher harmonies, changing
metres, and violent contrasts in texture, instrumentation and
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, celeste, strings.
Duration: 12 min.
Winner of 3MBS Readings 2001 National Orchestral Composition Award.
Performances of this work
Jul 03: Melbourne Town Hall. Featuring Melbourne Youth Orchestra.
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