Ptolemy's onion : flute with string quartet
by Damien Ricketson (1998)
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performed by Ensemble Offspring; Roland Peelman, conductor
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Ptolemy's Onion is based upon eight simple folk-like melodies. These melodies, however, are never literally heard. Rather, three 'orbiting bodies' manipulate the melodies influencing the purity or impurity of tone production, the harmonic consonance or dissonance and the general homogeneity or heterogeneity of the ensemble. As the patterns and alignments of these imaginary bodies cycle over time, they pull and shape the raw musical material like gravity.
Instrumentation: Bass flute (doubling alto recorder), 2 violins, viola, violoncello (all instruments amplified).
Duration: 20 min.
First performance: by Spring Ensemble — 26 Sep 98. Ninth Sydney Spring International Festival of Contemporary Music, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney
Performances of this work
26 Sep 98: Ninth Sydney Spring International Festival of Contemporary Music, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney. Featuring Spring Ensemble.
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