Ausland

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Ed Bennett

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Composer Ed Bennett
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Year of Composition

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Forces

2fl, fl/picc, 2ob, 2cl, bn, cbn, 4hn, 2tpt, 2tbn, btbn, tba, timp, 3perc, strings

Duration

15'

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Catalogue ID ce-eb1a1

Notes

Inspiration in this music comes from the visual arts, mainly from the work of Bridget Riley, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. I imagined the work being something like a Pollock canvas where from a distance there is an overall cohesion, stasis and texture but closer inspection reveals a wild energy, movement and detail which might not be immediately obvious. Ausland takes on a monolithic form where every performer adds equally to a huge and slowly evolving stark texture. High, middle and low sonorities are grouped together rather than instruments being grouped in their usual families with many independent moving lines creating a constant sense of movement within a much larger homogenous and ambiguous soundworld.

The title translates literally from the original German to English as ‘abroad’. In other contexts it can mean ‘foreign’. The work was composed between time spent in Berlin and Birmingham in 2005.

Ausland won first prize in the Tactus Composers Competition, Brussels, Belgium in December 2006 and has subsequently been performed and recorded by the National Orchestra of Belgium, RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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