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Orchestral Equations : for orchestra

by May Lyon (2014)

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Work Overview

Orchestral Equations is a three-movement symphonic poem loosely based on the solving of a 17th century mathematical riddle, as written about by Simon Singh in Fermat's Last Theorem.
In the mid 1600s Pierre de Fermat stated in his notes that no values above 2 existed for the mathematical statement x2 + y2= z2. Characteristically, he also didn't demonstrate this proof. Time showed that Fermat probably did not have the proof, as many of the most brilliant mathematicians worked on the problem for over three centuries, while also creating advanced mathematical proofs in their respective fields. It wasn't until 1991 that Andrew Wiles, using the latest mathematics and a conjecture created by his predecessors, finally proved Fermat's theory correct.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (dbl picc), oboe, cor anglais, 2 Bb clarinets, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns in F, 2 Bb trumpets, timpani, percussion (2 players: vibraphone, suspended cymbal, temple blocks, triangle, wood block, bass drum), harp, strings.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Tiny Steps -- II. Time, Turing and Taniyama -- III. Wiles.

First performance: by National Capital Orchestra — 13 Oct 19. The Q, Queanbeyan, NSW

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Mathematics, Math, Algebra, Fermat's Last Theorem, Pythagoras, Andrew Wiles, Turing, Taniyama

Performances of this work

13 Oct 19: The Q, Queanbeyan, NSW. Featuring National Capital Orchestra.

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