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Klepsydra : large chamber ensemble

by Kate Moore (2009)



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Klepsydra : for ensemble and pre-recorded track / Kate Moore.

Library shelf no. Q 785.3219/MOO 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Klepsydra - ensemble and sound sculpture

This piece for instruments is inspired by the ancient Greek Tower of Winds. The design of the Tower of Winds could be considered to represent an exquisite horologium driven by the four Aristotelian elements, that of wind by the direction of the weather vane, fire by the position of the sun according to the sundials, water by the inner workings of the klepsydra and earth by the design of the building itself. The klepsydra is a water-driven anaphoric clock measuring the hours according to the rising and setting of the stars and planets. The piece is a musical model of this, delving into the various qualities of time keeping, chronos, kairos, linear and cyclical, measured and felt.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Alto flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn, trumpet in B flat, trombone, percussion, fender rhodes piano, harmonium, violin, viola, cello, double bass, bicycle wheels, quadrophonic close mic water drops, quadrophonic prerecorded playback.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to ASKO Ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned by the Netherlands Fonds Podiumkunst NFPK+

First performance: by ASKO Ensemble — 12 Nov 09. Amsterdam

Winner of City of The Hague De Komeet culture prize

Performances of this work

3 Dec 2016: at Kate Moore portrait concert (Korzo Theater, Den Haag). Featuring New European Ensemble, Christian Karlsen.

12 Nov 09: Amsterdam. Featuring ASKO Ensemble.

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