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A First Book of Inventions

A First Book of Inventions

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
The two principal ideas behind my piece are, firstly, perpetuum mobile, or continuous movement, and secondly, the elaboration of a basic one- or two-part texture. Each of the seven 'inventions' that comprise the unbroken 9-minute span of the work are founded on a regular pulse, a pulse that sometimes forms stable ostinati that run for the entire length of a section, or on other occasions provokes a highly varied and constantly shifting pattern of melodic events. The seven sections can very briefly be described thus: 1) an active, miniature 'theme and variations'; 2) the juxtaposition of various fragmentary two-part inventions; 3) a tremolo string ostinato with woodwind interjections, building towards the first climax; 4) an ostinato passing between horns and muted trumpets together with a dialogue for high woodwind and low strings; 5) a very slow canon for string harmonics and pizzicato double basses; 6) a fast, one-part invention beginning with solo piccolo, and gradually leading to the second climax; 7) chorale. The work is scored for a modestly-sized orchestra of double woodwind, two horns, two trumpets and strings, and was written for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. (Ryan Wigglesworth)
Details
Performance duration: 9'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 18. November 2010 Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Ryan Wigglesworth · Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of composition: 2010
instrumentation: pic(fl).1.2.2.1.cbsn-2.2.0.0-str(12-14.10-12.8-10.6-8.4-6)
The two principal ideas behind my piece are, firstly, perpetuum mobile, or continuous movement, and secondly, the elaboration of a basic one- or two-part texture. Each of the seven 'inventions' that comprise the unbroken 9-minute span of the work are founded on a regular pulse, a pulse that sometimes forms stable ostinati that run for the entire length of a section, or on other occasions provokes a highly varied and constantly shifting pattern of melodic events. The seven sections can very briefly be described thus: 1) an active, miniature 'theme and variations'; 2) the juxtaposition of various fragmentary two-part inventions; 3) a tremolo string ostinato with woodwind interjections, building towards the first climax; 4) an ostinato passing between horns and muted trumpets together with a dialogue for high woodwind and low strings; 5) a very slow canon for string harmonics and pizzicato double basses; 6) a fast, one-part invention beginning with solo piccolo, and gradually leading to the second climax; 7) chorale. The work is scored for a modestly-sized orchestra of double woodwind, two horns, two trumpets and strings, and was written for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. (Ryan Wigglesworth)
Performance duration: 9'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 18. November 2010 Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Ryan Wigglesworth · Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of composition: 2010
instrumentation: pic(fl).1.2.2.1.cbsn-2.2.0.0-str(12-14.10-12.8-10.6-8.4-6)
Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke's
2014-06-01 | New York, NY (United States of America), Rose Theater — 17:00
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Het Residentie Orkest
2014-03-23 | Den Haag (Netherlands), Dr. Anton Philips Zaal — 14:15
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Het Residentie Orkest
2014-03-21 | Den Haag (Netherlands), Dr. Anton Philips Zaal — 20:15
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Southbank Sinfonia
2013-02-28 | London (United Kingdom), St John’s Waterloo — 18:00
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
2010-11-18 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), Philharmonic Hall
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