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Triptych : for youth orchestra

by John Nottle (2014)



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Triptych : for youth orchestra / John Nottle.

Library shelf no. 784.2/NOT 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Triptych is a 3 movement work for either youth or community orchestra. The string writing is somewhat advanced, reflecting the strength of the string section in the 2014 Central Coast Youth Orchestra. The piano should be acoustic. However, if a digital piano is used, it should blend with the rest of the orchestra. The last movement pays homage to the 1920's Australian film The Kid Stakes, and reflects the popular music of a very confident Australian decade.

Each movement of Triptych explores a different tonality. The 1st movement is an extended fanfare which occasionally uses its melodic G minor tonality as a harmonic field. 'Tango' is a lyrical exploration of the octatonic scale, with a tritone-derived pizzicato ground bass. 'Kid Stakes' is focussed on an energetic reiterative rhythm-an idee fixe. The tonality hovers between G minor natural and B flat major/minor.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion (3 players), piano, strings.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Upper grades

Contents note: 1. Fanfare -- 2. Tango -- 3. Kid Stakes.

Commission note: Commissioned by Central Coast Conservatorium.

First performance: by Central Coast Youth Orchestra, Patrick Brennan — 19 Sep 14. Gosford Anglican Church, NSW

Performances of this work

19 Sep 14: Gosford Anglican Church, NSW. Featuring Central Coast Youth Orchestra, Patrick Brennan.

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