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Ignition : orchestra

by May Lyon (2017)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Ignition is a dedication to my friend Petr who passed away in May 2017. He had an energetic personality, was strong willed, mercurial, and his presence could dominate a room.
He also loved his car: a very noisy, black, 1970s VW Passat.
This piece encapsulates both his love of driving, racing around the dirt roads of Australia and his long relaxing drives, as well as his intelligent, engaging, yet enigmatic character.

All pitch material derived from bell harmonics, relating to the medieval Astronomical Clock (The Prague Orloj) which is close to where Petr was born. Emphasis on the minor 3rd, with the major 3rd in the octave above.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Flute (dbl Piccolo), oboe (dbl Cor Anglais), clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, bassoon (dbl contrabassoon), 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, tenor trombone, tuba, timpani (32”, 29”, 26” & 23”), 2 percussion (cymbals, woodblack, tam tam, toms, bass drum), harp, piano, strings.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging; higher precision required in percussion, brass and woodwind parts.

Contents note: Various sections relate to personality characteristics and driving styles.  Con Fuoco, Agitato, Leggiero, Furioso, Misterioso con Grazioso, Con Spirito, and Pesante.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Petr Hanzak.

Commission note: Commissioned by the Cybec Foundation and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2018 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers' Program.

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tianyi Lu at Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Showcase (Iwaki Auditorium) on 21 Feb 2018

Written for a nine piece string section.

Performances of this work

21 Feb 2018: at Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Showcase (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tianyi Lu.

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