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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

Platinum Spirals (1976),
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Category
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
1976
Duration
7 Minutes
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Joan Tower Platinum Spirals (1976),
Composer Note:

PLATINUM SPIRALS (1977) was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and dedicated to the memory of my father, who was a geologist and mining engineer. Platinum is a mineral whose internal properties reveal a very malleable and flexible set of characteristics. It is said that an ounce of platinum can be stretched into a mile. A lot of this piece is about the stretching of lines of ten upward in “spirals.” Other times, there is a quiet kind of “rocking” pattern that “holds” the action in place.

—Joan Tower


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Solo violin pieces start with a built-in advantage: they sound almost inherently concentrated and pure. That was how Joan Tower’s “Platinum Spirals” (1976) sounded Tuesday night, full of intense private passion.
John Rockwell, The New York Times,8/2/1984
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