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Toccata for Orchestra

for orchestra

Year:  2005   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  3232; 4231; 2 perc., hp; strings | (Perc: xylophone, tam-tam, wood block, snare drum, tambourine, cymbal)

Year:  2005
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  3232; 4231; 2 perc., hp; st...

Composer:   Andrew Powdrell


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Toccata for Orchestra is a virtuoso showcase overture that encompasses dark sinister elements which undergo vast transformations. Its dark opening theme changes into a cheesy jazz melody, to a flatulent brass passage then to a violent climax. The ending is a loud juxtaposition of darkness and cheese similar to the tuning of a radio when it is receiving two frequencies at the same time. In the end the melody takes the focus with every instrument playing at full noise.

Performance history

04 Oct 2005: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Marc Taddei at Philharmonia Hall, Auckland