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Zur, Menachem : Symphony #4 in Two movements 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Symphony #4 in Two movements
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    15
  • Year of composition: 
    2012
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    The symphony was written in 2012 and its duration is 15 min.
    The 1st movement is entitled Gestures. A gesture is a motion that carries meaning and its perception is culturally dependent. In this work I initiated musical decisions that signify definable gestural sounds. Even though gestures are always present in my works and in the works of others, here I tried to focus on them consciously. I understood that emotional gestures (such as anger, compassion, humor, harshness and softness) are all results of the polarity between relative certainty and uncertainty, relative stability and instability. Stability depends on continuity and repetitions and its opposite depends on levels of surprise. All musical parameters (beat-rhythm-tempo, dynamics, texture, register, orchestration, harmonic and melodic changes and more) participate in the endless possibilities of those polarities resulting in different emotional gestures.
    In this movement I wanted to check the effects of the gestures in the context of music using exact pitches and not undefined “electronic”- type sonorities. The work is based on the 12- tone aggregate and on set theory of K-nets, as well as Schenkerian-like prolongations.
    The 2nd movement, Songs Without Words comes to balance the fragmentations of the first movement by creating long lyrical lines. Even when those lines are interrupted they keep their cantabile quality. It is an homage to Luigi Dallapicola.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
77
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
Piccolo
C
Oboe
2
Oboe
Oboe
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Bassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Chimes
Crotales
Marimba
Vibraphone (F3)
Timpani
Xylophone
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Tamtam
Tom-Toms
Temple Blocks
Wood Blocks
Other
Harp
1
 
Keyboard
1
Piano
Celeste
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
26
Viola
10
Cello
8
Double Bass
6
4-string
4-string

 

 

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