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Top, Edward

The music of composer Edward Top is characterized by extreme contrasts. Rather than being an abstract and independent medium existing outside the human experience, music has the power to induce ...

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Symphony : Golden dragon, for orchestra, 2001 / Edward Top

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 2002
Publisher's number: 10501
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: 3333 4431 timp 3perc hp pf(cel) str(14.12.10.8.6.)
Remarks: Laatste titelp. vermeldt: versie 2001. - Oorspr. jaar van comp.: 1998-2000. - Cop. MuziekGroep Nederland, 2001. - Tijdsduur: ca. 16'
Duration: 16'00"
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
Program note (English): There are three main elements onto which this piece is constructed. 1) Sound: this is often created by successions of clusters; I shall call them cluster-chorales, hissing sounds (strings), chromatic walls, and/or modal sound fields. - 2) Motives: there are a number of motives of different character forming the basis of the composition, either tonal-melodic or harmonic and chromatic. - 3) Traditional gestures: a lot of gestures in the piece originate from traditional symphonic music. The final chorale towards the end of the work is some sort of blown up Tchaikowski. The three elements join each other in a fourth element: Layers. On many occasions there are different elements sounding simultaneously and in different instrumental groupings. An important feature in the Symphony’s orchestration is the particular octave doubling, or being 'on the verge of octavation'. Idea is to create extra tension by not resolving dirty octaves, i.e. major sevenths and minor ninths. One could say
the orchestration has become part of compositional ideas, even with finding pitches. After its original setting including Wagner tubas and contrabass trombone, the symphony was revised in 2001 and the orchestration was reduced. - EDWARD TOP

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