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for organ and orchestra

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  2222; 4331; timp.; 2 perc.; organ; strings | (Perc: 4 tom-toms, tambourine, bass drum, 5 wood blocks)

Year:  2012
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  2222; 4331; timp.; 2 perc.;...

Ryan Youens

Composer:   Ryan Youens

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'Tiraki' is a verb meaning 'to clear the sky of clouds'. In it I have explored the different layerings and textures created between the organ and orchestra, illustrating the nature and behaviour of the clouds. The work is structured in three sections and focuses entirely on the programmatic meaning of 'Tiraki'.

The first 'rather angry' section is very dense and fast moving with surprises along the way - representing a storm. The middle 'mysteriously calm' section is the calm after the storm - the music empties out but retains a slightly ominous feel to it. It finishes with a 'pleasantly refreshing' section where the music, and the clouds, gather life and a playful spirit once again.

It has been an absolute pleasure combining the two kings of music - an organ and a symphony orchestra - with an idea that had been simmering away for some time. Huge thanks goes to Nicholas Forbes who has been a superb collaborator and to the Auckland Philharmonia for this opportunity.

-Ryan Youens

Commissioned note

Written as part of the Auckland Philharmonia Composer Development project 2012/13

Performance history

23 May 2013: Organ Spectacular