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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Moving Parts (2012)
Commissioned by Los Angeles Dance Project
St. Rose Music Publishing
Year Composed
25 Minutes

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Nico Muhly Moving Parts (2012)
Moving Parts is the music for Benjamin Millepied’s ballet of the same name. Scored for violin, clarinet, and pipe organ, the piece is a series of rhythmic etudes. The slow movement is a very slow passacaglia, with, I hope, unexpectedly lyrical melodies in the violin. After an extended organ toccata built over a drone, a brief slow movement creates a natural midpoint. The violin, aggressively plucking, builds up to form a canon with the clarinet, and after a loud outburst from the organ, the piece ends quietly.

Nico Muhly

Benjamin Millepied

First performance:
September 22, 23 2012
Los Angeles Dance Project
Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA

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  • 23 MAY 2013
    Moving Parts Country Premiere
    Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, France
    LA Dance Project

    Other Dates:
    24,25 May - Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, France
  • 23 SEP 2012
    Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Dance Project

    Other Dates:
    26 September - Schnitzer Hall, Portland, OR, USA
    6 October - Imperial Theater, Augusta, GA, USA
    25-28 October - Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair, NJ, USA
  • 22 SEP 2012
    Moving Parts World Premiere
    Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Dance Project

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