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Ballard, Sarah: Synergos 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Synergos
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    13
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    2014
  • First performance (performers): 
    New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): no
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Programme Note – Synergos

    I – Alizarin
    II – Aurum

    “The effect of this colour is as peculiar as its nature. It conveys an impression of gravity and dignity, and at the same time of grace and attractiveness. The first in its dark deep state, the latter in its light attenuated tint, and thus the dignity of age and the amiableness of youth may adorn itself with degrees of the same hue.”

    - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on the colour red, Theory of Colours (1810)

    This piece is an exploration of my perception of the colours red (alizarin) and gold (aurum) and their synergistic effect when combined. Disparate natures of separate elements come together to synergise in the wake of alizarin-tainted shrieks and the palpable glint of gold. One can only behold these elements’ true combined effect after each has spoken. Each movement details the personality of each of the colours in their broadest senses, as I ‘hear’ them.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
71
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
C
C
Piccolo
Oboe
3
Oboe
Oboe
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bass
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Bass
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Crotales
Glockenspiel
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Tamtam
Other
Harp
1
 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
20
Viola
8
Cello
10
Double Bass
6
4-string
4-string

 

 

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