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Orbits of Influence (2011)

Twelve saxophones [9']
Commissioned and premiered by the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra

 

A study in vortices, attractors, spin, centripetal forces. The saxophones, ideally arrayed in circular fashion around the audience, perform interlocking gestures that sit on the boundary between melody and timbre. The form is conceived to allow only two tutti sections: but the emotional force of a sudden envelopment of sound is only possible if the listener is first deprived of 360-degree stimuli.


Score extract:

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