Chamber variations

Dorothy Chang
Dorothy Chang
Date de composition : 2004
Date de révision : 2010
Durée: 00:14:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 1 x Flûte
  • 1 x Hautbois
  • 1 x Clarinette
  • 1 x Basson
  • 1 x Cor
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harpe
  • 2 x Violon
  • 1 x Alto
  • 1 x Violoncelle
  • 1 x Contrebasse
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Notes de programme :
In 2003, I received a commission to write a piece that would be performed in the Assembly Chamber of the New York State Capitol Building, with the new work inspired by elements of this impressive historical hall. Each movement of Chamber Variations reflects a different aspect of the room. The first movement, 'Stone and Granite' takes it inspiration from the grandeur of the original structure. Completed in 1879, the magnificent hall featuring the widest Gothic-arch vaulted stone ceiling ever made, with numerous supporting ribs and four massive granite pillars. The music mirrors the architectural structure of the room, with pairs of instruments outlining independent lines rising at various rates, and an overall air of stateliness. The second movement,
'Spin Machine' is characterized by declamatory statements and surges of motion and intensity. The fast-paced energy of this movement is meant to convey the sense of 'fast-forwarding' through time with constant shifts from idea to idea and continually bustling activity. The third movement, 'In Stillness', is a reflection of the Assembly Chamber as it stands today, with its original floors covered in deep red carpeting and the grand arch ceiling covered by a more stable but lower wooden structure. The room is now more serene than grandiose, but still striking. In Stillness depicts the beauty of the afternoon sun streaming through the chamber's stained-glass windows, creating a warm glow throughout the silent hall.

Commissioned by: Albany Symphony Orchestra

Renseignements sur la création :
13/03/04, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, NY; Albany Symphony Orchestra, David Alan Miller, conductor


  • Cote:
  • MI 1100 C456ch
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • March 12, 2007
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • 1 score (67 p.) ; 28 cm.
    67 pages
    Hauteur: 32 cm
    Largeur: 24 cm
    Nombre total de pages des parties: 99
    12 parts ((99) p.) ;
    Hauteur: 28 cm
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :
  • Instrumentation: flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion, harp, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass
    1. stone and granite
    2. spin machine
    3. in stillness
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