Cortège
for 13 musicians

Zosha Di Castri
Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
Cortège was inspired by the idea of a strange procession, a relentless succession of people and sounds. Composed in a block-line manner, contrasting textures are juxtaposed in a rich sonic patchwork. This idea stemmed from the following lines of Cavafy's The God Abandons Antony (referencing Plutarch's story of when Marcus Antonius was besieged in Alexandria by Octavian), and Leonard Cohen's adaptation of this poem in the song Alexandra Leaving.
The piece begins with a heavy chord which comes back repeatedly throughout the work as a pivot-point between other material. Like the Perspective of someone observing a parade from a window above, there is a melancholy awareness of the fleeting nature of the passing revelry. It is the music of impending loss, the night before the city falls into enemy hands, or the evening before a lover leaves for good.

J. Di Castri.

Premiere Information:
15 Juillet 2010; Acanthes Music Festival, Metz, France; Orchestre national de Lorraine, Jean Deroyer, dir.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 D545co
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 2, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (56 p.) ;
    56 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour 13 musiciens: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc - hp - str[1.0.1.1.1]
    Percussion: vibraphone, crotales, bass drum, suspended cymbal, very large tam tam.
    En 1 mouvement.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.
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