Ignition : For Chamber Orchestra
by May Lyon (2017)
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Ignition is a
dedication to my friend Petr who passed away in May 2017. He
had an energetic personality, was strong willed, mercurial, and
his presence could dominate a room.
He also loved his car: a very noisy, black, 1970s VW Passat.This piece encapsulates both his love of driving, racing around the dirt roads of Australia and his long relaxing drives, as well as his intelligent, engaging, yet enigmatic character.
All pitch material derived from bell harmonics, relating to the medieval Astronomical Clock (The Prague Orloj) which is close to where Petr was born. Emphasis on the minor 3rd, with the major 3rd in the octave above.
Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe (doubling cor anglais), clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, bassoon (doubling contrabassoon), 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, tenor trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, piano, strings.
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging; higher precision required in percussion, brass and woodwind parts.
Contents note: Con Fuoco, Agitato, Leggiero, Furioso, Misterioso con Grazioso, Con Spirito, and Pesante.
Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Petr Hanzak.
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