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Leeuw, Ton de

Ton de Leeuw was born on November 16, 1926 in Rotterdam. He died on May 31, 1996 in Paris (France). In 1949, after some years of composition lessons with Henk Badings, ...

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Alba : concerto da camera for small orchestra, 1982, r[evised] 1986 / Ton de Leeuw

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1983
Publisher's number: 04333
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: 2ob(eh) 2h str
Remarks: In opdracht van het Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. - Opgedragen aan het Nederlands Kamerorkest. - Tijdsduur: ca. 27'30''
Duration: 28'00"
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
Program note (English): Alba (dawn) is the title of this concerto da camera composed in 1982. The musical notation is often characterised by a treatment of pairing equal instruments (2 horns, 2 violins) or groups of instruments. This leads to the development of a number of so-called gymels (also gimel or gemell), which emerge throughout the work. Some of them occur once; others are repeated with or without variation. The modal structure of the work is, among others, stipulated by two modi related to each other, which - depending on the musical course - is used separately or combined. This musical path becomes controlled by a time structure which can best be compared to Indian classical music, but is an independent element, incorporated into a contemporary language. The first part begins immediately with a group of three succeeding gymels (2 horns - 2 oboes - 2 horns). Thereafter the strings set in, from the lower registers (gymels in 2 double basses and 2 violas); where the gymels gradually ascend
merging into the totality, to then re-emerge at the end. The second part is mainly slow and is characterised by, among other things, the consecutive development of a number of episodes that contrast mutually in movement and character. The last of these episodes connects without interruption to the beginning of the third part. The movement of this last part is quick and continuous. One may think perhaps of a big, ongoing dance in a circle but from which other parts are always revealed. - TON DE LEEUW

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