Sudden Light

concerto for orchestra

Mark Bowden

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concerto for orchestra

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Composer Mark Bowden
Year of Composition 2005
Duration ca.17'
Forces picc, 2fl, 2ob, ca, 2cl/, cl/bcl, 2bn, cbn, 4hn, 3tpt, 2tbn, btbn, tba, timp, 4perc, 2hp, pf, cel, strings (
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Catalogue ID ce-mb1sl1


In the harmonic series the prime numbered partials create the octave, the fifth and the third above the fundamental pitch – the building blocks of diatonic harmony. But they also create the so-called conflicting partials – dissonant overtones that create a shimmering aural tension when illuminated against a fundamental pitch. In sudden light I have explored the overtone series as a basis for a large-scale harmonic structure exploiting the diametric nature of consonance and dissonance. I also made use of many sequences of prime numbers in the construction of rhythms, form and some of the smaller musical details.

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