TWO MOVEMENTS for orchestra

TWO MOVEMENTS for orchestra

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Alternate Title
TWO MOVEMENTS
Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
13
Movements
I. ANTIQUE SERENADE (5' ca.)
II. SUNBURST (7'30" ca.)

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Description

The movements may be performed separately.

ANTIQUE SERENADE unfolds in 7 sections with variations of an initial theme which is played by the English Horn. "Antique" refers to the idealized nature of the musical materials – the conjunct melodies, classical phrase structure, consonant harmony, and transparent field in which multiple events unfold simultaneously – that appear to form musical archetypes as familiar as if we already and always knew them. The "serenade" sings as if from ancient times, at the same time casual and yet faintly other-worldly, like an antique object inwardly resonating with echoes of its archaic past.

SUNBURST, bright, flashing, bursting in all directions, is a celebration in sound. As an initial theme develops, we become aware of a continuous line, almost relentless, within its strongly syncopated surroundings. The percussion assumes a prominent role, giving the work a propulsive rhythmic character. Besides highlighting the orchestral accents, it sometimes works as an opposing syncopating force; other times, it helps to create unique instrumental timbres.

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First Perfomance
4/23/97, ANTIQUE SERENADE, IUP Symphony Orchestra, Melissa McBride, conductor, Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Recording

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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author

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Ensemble Type
large orchestra
Genre/Theme

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Instrument
strings , Timpani , piano , harp

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ii._sunburst_midi_m_166_al_fine.mp3
Audio file
i._antique_serenade_midi_m_52_to_86.mp3
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