the anatomy of air

for chamber orchestra

Marc Yeats

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Composer Marc Yeats
Year of Composition 1997
Duration ca.18'
Forces 2[1.2/picc] 2[1.2.] 2[1.2/Bcl] 2[1.2/cbn] – 2 2 0 0 – Timp – Strings
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-my1taoa1


The word anatomy is generally applied to the tangible; to cut open something solid and reveal its inner workings. Air cannot be cut open and observed, but it does have structures and modes of organisation. Weather systems, their layering, patterns of progression, changing densities, textures, forms and forces can be perceived as elements of the anatomy of air; the air’s hidden architecture. Finally, my personal relationship with Orkney, as realised subjectively through sound, provided the ‘colours’, energies and idiosyncrasies which motivate and permeate the music, hopefully enabling it to communicate something of my feelings, impressions and reactions to this very special place and its people.

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