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Inner city rhythms : Overture for youth orchestra

by Mark Grandison (2004)

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From the CD Works for youth orchestra

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Works for youth orchestra / Mark Grandison.

Library shelf no. CD 1207 [On loan, due 11/4/18]

Inner city rhythms


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Inner city rhythms : overture for youth orchestra / Mark Grandison.

Library shelf no. 784.44/GRA 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This work seeks to evoke the brash and insistent rhythms and colours of the urban landscape. It exposes young players to some modern performing techniques and harmonies, whilst remaining traditional in its approach to musical gesture and form. The work kicks off dramatically, with a series of increasingly dissonant chords for the full orchestra, punctuating successive solo entries from the percussion. The opening highly syncopated pattern hammered out by percussion introduces three rhythmic motifs that will remain ever-present in the ensuing melodies or the accompaniment. The work remains in an essentially vivacious and buoyant mood throughout, with the exception of a rather peculiar and eerie excursion in the work's central section. After a pause, the final section launches the strings into a bold statement of the main rhythmic motif, now augmented. The music then proceeds to accelerate until it reaches double speed, thus returning the motif to its original form.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (or soprano saxophone and alto saxophone), 3 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons (or tenor saxophone and bass clarinet), 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 horns in F, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), strings.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Youth orchestra

First performance: by Kambala School Orchestra, Mark Grandison — 2005. Sydney Opera House Concert Hall


Performances of this work

Jul 11: Sydney Opera House

Jun 11: Adelaide Town Hall

Feb 05: Sydney Opera House

Dec 04: Sydney Town Hall

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