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concerto for B flat clarinet and ensemble

Year:  2003   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  for B flat clarinet and ensemble of flute, bass clarinet, horn, bass trombone, cello and double bass

Year:  2003
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  for B flat clarinet and ens...

Composer:   Chris Watson

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Chris Watson: Nacelle - AUDIO

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The nacelle is the main body of the top portion of a modern wind turbine, an enclosure housing an electrical generator, power control equipment, disc brakes and a gearbox. Rotating on its tower to constantly face the prevailing breeze and responding to wind force by setting thresholds for propeller speed, the nacelle is the brains of the operation. Nacelle continues my exploration of metric modulation and its relation to the movement and behaviour of machines, though with the added element of a soloist, who steers the music's path through different tempi as well as defining the direction of the music's texture and language; the soloist is the brains of the operation. Two cadenzas allow for an escape from the rigours of the metric scheme, where a subjective take on the timing of proceedings is permitted.

In 2003 I lived close to Wellington's wind turbine and indulged in regular walks to the landmark.

Nacelle was performed in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland by 175 East in April and May of 2003 with solo clarinetist Gretchen Dunsmore.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by 175 East

Dedication note

Dedicated to Gretchen Dunsmore and 175 East

Performance history

07 Apr 2003: Performed by 175 East (cond. Hamish McKeich) with clarinet soloist Gretchen La Roche; Great Hall of the Christchurch Arts Centre, Christchurch

08 Apr 2003: Performance by 175 East (cond. Hamish McKeich) with clarinet soloist Gretchen La Roche at The Space, Wellington

18 May 2003: Performed by Gretchen La Roche (clarinet) and 175 East conducted by Hamish McKeich at Hopetoun Alpha, Auckland

10 Apr 2013: Ensemble Reconsil at Arnold Schönberg Center

Performed by 175 East

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