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Michael Gordon

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Weather One (1997)
Red Poppy
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
20 Minutes
Programme Note
Michael Gordon Weather One (1997)

Composer note:
Weather One is the first movement from my piece for string orchestra, Weather, in an arrangement for string sextet. Weather was commissioned by the Seimans Foundation for the German-based string orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz. Inspired by the chaotic scheme of Weather patterns, I wondered how these might transfer musically, as if the past several hundred years of musical ideas were swirling around, and I could just grab things I liked and build on them.

Weather One is influenced by Vivaldi's motoric string writing and use of canons, where the melody played by an instrument is immediately played by another in close succession.

––Michael Gordon

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