Turning Tables

for viola and harp

Jeremy Pike

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for viola and harp

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Composer Jeremy Pike
Year of Composition 1999
Duration ca.9'
Instrumentation Viola, Harp
Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-jp2tt1


The title refers to several concepts. Ideas are evolved in a manner often used by Sibelius, so the fragmentary motives in the opening gradually turn into the principal melodic idea heard in bar 116. Secondly the roles of viola and harp are constantly reversed, as if one instrument turns the tables on the other, and in addition the entire work is built on a sequence of notes derived from changing the harp pedal settings string by string in a constantly rotating table of pitches.