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Chains Like the Sea

Chains Like the Sea

Two Movements for Orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
Bernard Rands comments, ‘The first movement articulates its 10-minute duration with periodic pealing of bells beginning softly and on a single pitch, gradually increasing in volume and density to a final bellpeal chord of 28 pitches. Each bell toll is followed by a prolongation of its resonance, melodically and harmonically, in the orchestra. The suggestive imagery of the second movement is that of leaves caught in sunlight and formed into rivulets by gentle breezes and forceful winds. Beginning with a Ritornello which features complex rhythmic patterns on three trumpets, its opening appearance is skeletal but on each recognizable return (there are five of them) it is more elaborate in orchestral density which celebrates the extraordinary virtuosity of a great orchestra. Each of the three titles is taken from Dylan Thomas’s poem Fern Hill. The work is dedicated in admiration and gratitude to Lorin Maazel and the musicians of the New York Philharmonic.’
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel, Music Director. With thanks to an anonymous donor.
Content text: I "the sabbath rang slowly"
II "rivers of the windfall light"
Performance duration: 22'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 1. Oktober 2008 New York, NY, Avery Fisher Hall (USA) · Dirigent: Lorin Maazel · New York Philharmonic
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: 4(3.afl, 4.pic).2.ca.4(4.bcl).3(3.cbsn)-4.3.2.btbn.1-4perc(vib, cym, 2tam-t, wdbl, b.d, cow bell, tub bells, mar, marac, tri, bng, tom-t, xyl, crot, clav, tamb, button gong)-2hp.cel.pno-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-06-18 | Manchester (United Kingdom), BBC Philharmonic Studio, MediaCityUK — 19:30
Conductor: Steven Smith
Orchestra: Cleveland Institute of Music
2014-01-28 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Kulas Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Conductor: Steven Smith
Orchestra: Cleveland Institute of Music
2014-01-27 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Kulas Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2008-10-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2008-10-01 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 19.30 h | World Premiere
Bernard Rands comments, ‘The first movement articulates its 10-minute duration with periodic pealing of bells beginning softly and on a single pitch, gradually increasing in volume and density to a final bellpeal chord of 28 pitches. Each bell toll is followed by a prolongation of its resonance, melodically and harmonically, in the orchestra. The suggestive imagery of the second movement is that of leaves caught in sunlight and formed into rivulets by gentle breezes and forceful winds. Beginning with a Ritornello which features complex rhythmic patterns on three trumpets, its opening appearance is skeletal but on each recognizable return (there are five of them) it is more elaborate in orchestral density which celebrates the extraordinary virtuosity of a great orchestra. Each of the three titles is taken from Dylan Thomas’s poem Fern Hill. The work is dedicated in admiration and gratitude to Lorin Maazel and the musicians of the New York Philharmonic.’
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel, Music Director. With thanks to an anonymous donor.
Content text: I "the sabbath rang slowly"
II "rivers of the windfall light"
Performance duration: 22'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 1. Oktober 2008 New York, NY, Avery Fisher Hall (USA) · Dirigent: Lorin Maazel · New York Philharmonic
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: 4(3.afl, 4.pic).2.ca.4(4.bcl).3(3.cbsn)-4.3.2.btbn.1-4perc(vib, cym, 2tam-t, wdbl, b.d, cow bell, tub bells, mar, marac, tri, bng, tom-t, xyl, crot, clav, tamb, button gong)-2hp.cel.pno-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-06-18 | Manchester (United Kingdom), BBC Philharmonic Studio, MediaCityUK — 19:30
Conductor: Steven Smith
Orchestra: Cleveland Institute of Music
2014-01-28 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Kulas Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Conductor: Steven Smith
Orchestra: Cleveland Institute of Music
2014-01-27 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Kulas Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2008-10-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2008-10-01 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 19.30 h | World Premiere