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Andrew Norman

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for orchestra

(2013; rev. 2016)
Duration47'
MovementsLevel 1
Level 2
Level 3
CommissionCommissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project with funding from Music Alive, a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. Extensive revisions were commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and premiered by that orchestra, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, on October 28th, 2016 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
PremiereMay 17, 2013; Jordan Hall, Boston, MA; Boston Modern Orchestra Project • Gil Rose, conductor
Revision premiere: October 28, 2016; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles Philharmonic • Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Instrumentation3(2.,3.pic).2.ca.3(3.ebcl).3(3.cbsn)-4.3.2.tbtn.1-4perc(I. vib [with bow], 4bng, 5tempbl, 3 splash cym, 5 tin cans, brake d, kick d, washboard [possibly shared with perc 3], tam-t, slapstick [very large]; II. crot [with bow], 5 log d, 4 opera gongs, 4 sm tom-t, spring coil, tri, guiro, tub bells [shared with perc 4]; III. xylo, 4wdbl, 5 cow bells, kick d, ratchet, washboard [possibly shared with perc 1], slapstick [very large], b.d [shared with perc 4], glsp [shared with perc 4]; IV. vib [with bow], 4 sus cym, glsp [shared with perc 3], b.d, sand paper blocks, b.d [shared with perc 3], tub bells [shared with perc 2])-pno-str(16.14.12.10.8)
PublisherSchott Music
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Program Note

Levels 1 and 3 can be performed separately.

I am fascinated by how instruments are played, and how the physical act of playing an instrument becomes potent theatrical material when we foreground it on stage at an orchestra concert. I'm also fascinated by how the orchestra, as a meta-instrument, is played, how its many moving parts and people can play with or against or apart from one another. While the world "play" certainly connotes fun and whimsy and a child-like exuberance, it can also hint at a darker side of interpersonal relationships, at manipulation, control, deceit, and the many forms of master-to-puppet dynamics one could possibly extrapolate from the composer-conductor-orchestra-audience chain of communication. Much of this piece is concerned with who is playing whom. The percussionists, for instance, spend a lot of their time and energy "playing" the rest of the orchestra (just as they themselves are "played" by the conductor, who in turn is "played" by the score). Specific percussion instruments act as triggers, turning on and off various players, making them (sometimes in a spirit of jest, sometimes not) play louder or softer, forwards or backwards, faster or slower. They cause the music to rewind and retry things, to jump back and forth in its own narrative structure, and to change channels entirely, all with an eye and ear toward finding a way out of the labyrinth and on to some higher level.

- Andrew Norman

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Full score and Solo Part (Digital)

Chamber Ensemble Score (Print)

Piano Reduction and solo parts (Digital)

Choral Score Set - 16 copies (Print)
Includes 8 copies of the soprano/alto part and 8 copies of the tenor/bass part.

Score and part (Digital)

Score and part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Digital)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Digital)

Video and instructions (Digital)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Score and Parts (Digital)
Score and part PDF files are delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase.

Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Digital)
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Full Score (Print)
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Tenor/Bass Part (Print)

Parts (Digital)
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Parts (Print)
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Solo Instrument Score (Digital)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Digital)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. A score PDF file is delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Score and Parts (Print)
A print edition of the score and part(s) ship to the customer's address upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. The email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer.

Solo Instrument Score (Print)
A print edition of the score is shipped to the customer's address upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Full Score/Performance Score (Print)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. Print edition(s) of the full score/performance score are shipped to the customer's address upon receipt. Multiple copies are included if the work has more than one player. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase.

Choral Score (Digital)
A PDF file of the choral score is delivered via email upon receipt. The set is priced to allow multiple copies of the PDF to be printed for performance by the purchasing organization only.

Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
Minimum order quantity is 8 copies. Single copies are not available.

Vocal Score (Digital)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
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Study Score (Print)

Study Score (Digital)