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for orchestra

Year:  2011   ·  Duration:  8m
Instrumentation:  2232; 2200; 1 perc.; harp, piano; strings | (Perc: whip, sn.dr, glock., susp. cymbal)

Year:  2011
Duration:  8m
Instrumentation  2232; 2200; 1 perc.; harp, ...

Alex Taylor

Composer:   Alex Taylor

Films, Audio & Samples

Alex Taylor: between - AUDIO

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you miss swimming in electric lights
between your fingers, the sound of running water
things you had forgotten, left behind:
the chair legs you forgot to felt
the ink-black shirt for every occasion.
the perfect sentence continues to elude you

between is both a musical exploration of acoustic spaces, and also a conversation between past and present, an interaction between my own compositional practice and that of a musical ancestor, the great New Zealand composer Anthony Watson (1933-1973). The shared musical material, from Watson's Prelude and Allegro (1960) provides the platform on which this conversation takes place, encompassing musical worlds both lyrical and angular, grand and intimate. The poem above is my own.

Commissioned note

This piece was written as part of my residency with the Auckland Youth Orchestra in 2011. It was performed in four concerts in New Zealand and eight concerts in Europe, culminating in the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin's famous Konzerthaus.

Dedication note

in memoriam Anthony Watson

Performance history

Performed by Auckland Youth Orchestra cond. Antun Poljanich.