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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Drones, Variations, Ornaments (2011)
Commissioned by Crash Ensemble
Publisher
St. Rose Music Publishing
Category
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Sub Category
Sinfonietta
Year Composed
2011
Duration
14 Minutes


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Programme Note
Nico Muhly Drones, Variations, Ornaments (2011)
First performance:
November 25, 2011
Crash Ensemble
Liberty Hall, Dublin

Composer note:
Drones, Variations, Ornaments is music in constant transformation. What begins as a simple, cloud-like sequence of string chords with a trombone melody slowly transforms into an agitated perpetual motion machine of winds, guitar, percussion, and piano. The machine spits out an incessant syncopated drone on middle-C, over which a fragment of a melody in the violin and trombone slowly turns into something more dangerous. The sound of breaking glass and assorted violent string pluckings slowly ushers in a decadent, syrupy melting texture in the strings, who accompany an alto flute solo. The piece ends in a suspended crystalline structure with a cello & trombone duet.

— Nico Muhly

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