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Switch

Switch

for solo percussion and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: percussion and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
Switch builds on several familiar themes in Andrew Norman's music, notably the hyperkinetic play between soloist and ensemble and the juxtaposition of a strict control of musical elements versus a freedom from that control. The piece takes full advantage of the theatric and athletic style of performance that solo percussionists naturally bring to the concert hall. The soloist bounds onto the stage at the start of the piece to catch his first entrance and begin a journey through what can best be described as the game of Switch. There are narrative twists and turns intercut one on top of the other throughout the duration with the orchestra and soloist taking turns controlling (or not) the events of the narrative.

The use of individual percussion instruments to trigger different sections of the orchestra keeps listeners guessing and focused on the soloist one moment, individual sections of the orchestra in the next moment. Switch culminates with the soloist and orchestra finding their own separate paths out of the game; the rules are suddenly suspended and the solo percussionist sets to working out a quietly inquisitive triadic theme on tuned gongs. In the stunning and stirring closing moments, the soloist strikes a final E on tuned gongs before turning and slowly walking off stage. 
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation and the Utah Symphony
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 6. November 2015 Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall (USA) · Colin Currie, percussion · Dirigent: Thierry Fischer · Utah Symphony
Year of composition: 2014-2015
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).3(3.ca).3(3.ebcl).3-4.3.2.btbn.1-3perc(I: kick drum, slapstick, 5 tempbl, 2 bng, log drum, sm sus cym, guiro, crot (2 octaves); II: 4 pieces of wood, 2 cong, log drum, med sus cym, washboard, vib, glsp; III: kick drum, slapstick, 3 wdbl, 2 bng, log drum, 4 tom-t, lg sus cym, ratchet, tam-t; Solo percussion: 2 sus cym, 3 splash cym, xyl, almgl (2 octaves), 3 sm thai gongs, 5 tin cans, 5 tempbl, 4 tom-t, 2 bng, 2 cong, s.d, b.d, 2 tri, kick drum, 4 wdbl, tam-t, vib, 7 tuned gongs)-pno.hp-str
Performances
Conductor: David Danzmayr
Orchestra: Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra
2018-07-28 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Pritzker Pavilion
Conductor: David Danzmayr
Orchestra: Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra
2018-07-27 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Pritzker Pavilion
Conductor: Russell Guyver
Orchestra: UNC Symphony Orchestra
2018-03-08 | Greeley, CO (United States of America), Union Colony Civic Center
Conductor: Michael Francis
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
2017-08-05 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Michael Francis
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
2017-08-04 | Perth (United Kingdom), Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Michael Francis
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
2017-08-03 | Aberdeen (United Kingdom), His Majesty\'s Theatre — 19:30
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony Orchestra
2016-10-24 | Portland (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony Orchestra
2016-10-23 | Portland (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Alex Pauk
Orchestra: Ryan Scott
2016-10-23 | Toronto, ON (Canada), Koerner Hall
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony Orchestra
2016-10-22 | Portland (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: Utah Symphony
2016-04-29 | New York City, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2015-12-11 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: Utah Symphony
2015-11-07 | Salt Lake City, UT (United States of America), Abravanel Hall
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: Utah Symphony
2015-11-06 | Salt Lake City, UT (United States of America), Abravanel Hall | World Premiere
Switch builds on several familiar themes in Andrew Norman's music, notably the hyperkinetic play between soloist and ensemble and the juxtaposition of a strict control of musical elements versus a freedom from that control. The piece takes full advantage of the theatric and athletic style of performance that solo percussionists naturally bring to the concert hall. The soloist bounds onto the stage at the start of the piece to catch his first entrance and begin a journey through what can best be described as the game of Switch. There are narrative twists and turns intercut one on top of the other throughout the duration with the orchestra and soloist taking turns controlling (or not) the events of the narrative.

The use of individual percussion instruments to trigger different sections of the orchestra keeps listeners guessing and focused on the soloist one moment, individual sections of the orchestra in the next moment. Switch culminates with the soloist and orchestra finding their own separate paths out of the game; the rules are suddenly suspended and the solo percussionist sets to working out a quietly inquisitive triadic theme on tuned gongs. In the stunning and stirring closing moments, the soloist strikes a final E on tuned gongs before turning and slowly walking off stage. 
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation and the Utah Symphony
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 6. November 2015 Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall (USA) · Colin Currie, percussion · Dirigent: Thierry Fischer · Utah Symphony
Year of composition: 2014-2015
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).3(3.ca).3(3.ebcl).3-4.3.2.btbn.1-3perc(I: kick drum, slapstick, 5 tempbl, 2 bng, log drum, sm sus cym, guiro, crot (2 octaves); II: 4 pieces of wood, 2 cong, log drum, med sus cym, washboard, vib, glsp; III: kick drum, slapstick, 3 wdbl, 2 bng, log drum, 4 tom-t, lg sus cym, ratchet, tam-t; Solo percussion: 2 sus cym, 3 splash cym, xyl, almgl (2 octaves), 3 sm thai gongs, 5 tin cans, 5 tempbl, 4 tom-t, 2 bng, 2 cong, s.d, b.d, 2 tri, kick drum, 4 wdbl, tam-t, vib, 7 tuned gongs)-pno.hp-str
Conductor: David Danzmayr
Orchestra: Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra
2018-07-28 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Pritzker Pavilion
Conductor: David Danzmayr
Orchestra: Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra
2018-07-27 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Pritzker Pavilion
Conductor: Russell Guyver
Orchestra: UNC Symphony Orchestra
2018-03-08 | Greeley, CO (United States of America), Union Colony Civic Center
Conductor: Michael Francis
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
2017-08-05 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Michael Francis
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
2017-08-04 | Perth (United Kingdom), Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Michael Francis
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
2017-08-03 | Aberdeen (United Kingdom), His Majesty\'s Theatre — 19:30
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony Orchestra
2016-10-24 | Portland (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony Orchestra
2016-10-23 | Portland (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Alex Pauk
Orchestra: Ryan Scott
2016-10-23 | Toronto, ON (Canada), Koerner Hall
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony Orchestra
2016-10-22 | Portland (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: Utah Symphony
2016-04-29 | New York City, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2015-12-11 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: Utah Symphony
2015-11-07 | Salt Lake City, UT (United States of America), Abravanel Hall
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Orchestra: Utah Symphony
2015-11-06 | Salt Lake City, UT (United States of America), Abravanel Hall | World Premiere