Danse Macabre (Macabre Dance)
|Setting||Symphonic wind orchestra.|
|Period of creation||2008-09-03 to 29.|
|Duration||3 min 53 sec.|
|Commission / occasion||Commissioned by the Swedish Wind Ensemble in Stockholm (Swe).|
The musical idea behind the piece is a confrontation of two different playing techniques: 20 “tutti players” sit on stage and play repeated staccato chords, 11 soloists surround the audience and play glissandi. Both elements can be heard as reminiscences of dance music.
In the very beginning of the piece, a high density of staccato chords is dominating a low number of long glissandi. The density of the staccato chords is gradually decreasing, the number and the shortness of the glissandi are simultaneously increasing. This leads to a clear dominance of the glissandi towards the golden section. From then on, this linear development is inversed causing a high density of staccato chords in the very end.
As a result, an irregular rhythmical setting gives the dance a “macabre” character which is intensified by loud dynamics and partly extreme registers.
|2008-11-21||Swedish Wind Ensemble and Michael Bartosch (conductor)
Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Swe) – world premiere