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for orchestra

Year:  2013   ·  Duration:  8m 20s
Instrumentation:  2*22*2; 4231; timp., 2 perc.; hp; strings | (Perc: marimba, vibraphone, tam-tam, glockenspiel)

Year:  2013
Duration:  8m 20s
Instrumentation  2*22*2; 4231; timp., 2 perc...

Jason Post

Composer:   Jason Post

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The title of this work refers to an object beyond our phenomenal experience of it. Throughout the piece, listeners are presented with two musical ideas: a cloud-like micropolyphony, and a collection of harmonically rich sustained chords. However, both ideas are defined by an absence; neither idea achieves a stable equilibrium with the other, and neither ever commands the full focus of the orchestra. Consequently, the two ideas are locked in an ever-evolving relationship: never in direct contact, yet always absorbed in each other’s existence. While negotiating space, the two ideas simultaneously reveal their hidden qualities while also hinting at a deeper world of activity underneath.

Commissioned note

Commissioned through the Jenny McLeod Prize for Orchestral Composition

Performance history

08 Oct 2013: Performed by the New Zealand School of Music Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Young, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington.