ORCHESTRA

Woodwind

3 Flutes (3rd doubl. Picc.)

3 Oboes (3rd doubl. E.H.)

3 Clarinets in Bb (3rd doubl. B. Cl.)

3 Bassoons (3rd doubl. D. Bsn.)

Brass

4 Horns in F

3 Trumpets in C

3 Trombones

1 Tuba

Percussion (5 players)

1. Timpani

2. 4 Tom-toms (6″, 8″, 10″, 12″)

3. 4 Tom-toms (8″, 10″, 12″, 13″)

4. 4 Tom-toms (10″, 12″, 13″, 14″)

5. 4 Tom-toms (12″, 13″, 14″, 16″)

 

Piano

Harp

 

Strings

Violin I

Violin II

Viola

Violoncello

Double Bass (Tutti 4-str w/ ext – low D)

 

 

Program Note

 

W is still a mystery. Ever since the first rumour around 1945, we’re still not sure what W is – A place? A structure? A condition? The spirit of age? History as a wave of repeating Ws? History itself?

“I am every lonely railway station in every capital of Europe. I am the street, the fanciless buildings of government, the clockwork figure, the street saxophone, the tourist-lady’s hairpiece, and the travelling clock, which always tells the wrong time and chimes in different keys.” (T.P)

Can W be music? How does W sound? Is it a musical quest without resolution? Yet another remarkably scattered concept? Where the listener automatically treats the works as puzzles, wondering where all the pieces fit? In one piece.

My reflections on W became a quintet for orchestra, with its fundament based on numbers in various sets. The main structure is based on the flexibility of a yo-yo string – divided into 17 parts with 17 continuous decreasing tempo markings.

The orchestra is divided into the city’s 5 boroughs; where in the 4 instrumental categories (winds, brass, percussion and strings) are represented in all 5 groups. Piano, harp and piccolo flute are infidels. In this context. The harmony is without exceptions based on 3 major chords: D, F and G flat. It’s written from left to right. In one movement. And it will be over in let’s say 20 minutes. And it might as well be lost to any sense of continuous tradition.

 

 

V_nottilldelning

 

17 Rehearsal letters / Chapters

 

Title Bar Tempo
  A The human yo-yo 25 156 – 134
  B The whole crew 49 120 – 112
  C The eight variations 72 104
  D The structured surgery 91 104
  E Going down Ruska, and to the left to Psie Budy 118 104
  F Returning to Rynek 136 104
  G Hanging on the left side of Odra 153 96
  H The yo-yo again and a new song 171 88
  I Another story 193 88
  J Various sets gathering at Hotel Monopol 208 76
  K A confession almost half way through 229 72
  L Konspiratora – The not so amusing part 250 69 – 66
  M Explaining the yo-yo part 275 66
  N The part about V 298 63 – 60
  O The part about S 336 56
  P Ending up 360 52 – 48
  Q Epilogue (2017) 389 44

 

Duration

21 min.

 

 

Wroclaw, Poland – Sepember 2016

 

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