for piano and ensemble (14 players)

Sam Hayden

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for piano and ensemble (14 players)

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Composer Sam Hayden
Year of Composition 1993
Duration ca.15'
Forces fl/picc, ob, cl, ssax, tpt, tbn, 3perc, pf, strings (
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-sh1a1


ICA premiere on February 6 2015 by the Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Greg Rose.

Parallax 05 has provided a wonderful opportunity to present a piece that is important to me yet has somehow never seen the light of day until now. I decided to revise and re-score the piece extensively, especially for this event, although was careful to maintain its original character. The piece is ostensibly serial in nature, although that is a fairly loose principle and often superseded by more spatial and timbral concerns. The opening flute solo provides the basic material (a clear homage to Varèse), a recurring linear idea, which at once proliferates around the ensemble while being gradually absorbed into increasingly tutti vertical sonorities. The piano in may ways acts as the musical ‘chassis’ on which different ideas are projected. However, it becomes increasingly in opposition to the rest of the ensemble as the piece progresses, as its attempts to become more autonomous – a dialectic that remains unresolved.

Sam Hayden (2014)

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