Symphony of Drones No. 1

Symphony of Drones No. 1

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Instrumentation
variable instruments, or: flute, saxophone, violin, piano/accordion, percussion, and vocalist
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Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
10
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Description

Symphony of Drones #1
(2001) is a symphony in the
most literal meaning of the word, a collection of sounds, in this case, those
centered around a drone mentality. It is a conducted, graphically notated piece
designed for any collection of four or more pitched instruments. It is in a
three -movement form, and each movement addresses various indeterminate and
structured improvisational concepts that explore textures that ornament,
enhance and disrupt a fused and continuous ensemble timbre.

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"The work’s title is appropriate in the sense that each of its movements
is built on a steady underlying pitch or chord. But it is also
misleading: anyone lulled into expecting a proto-Minimalist meditation
would have been startled by the wild, amusingly cacophonous outbursts
that drive the piece." 

                               -- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

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Text Language - Non English

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Ensemble Type
Open inst, variable options, or undefined
mixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
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Audio
welchsymphonydrones.mp3
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