Getting With Five
fantasia for small orchestra

Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:05:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
The title of my work, Getting With Five, refers to the 5-beat time meter used throughout. As music lovers we are all much more familiar with 4, 2, and 3 beats per measure. But two well-known examples of quintuple meter are the second movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, and Dave Brubeck's Take Five. So I'll have some stiff competition tonight!
Although I am a composer of concert music in contemporary style, I do like to communicate with an audience by using basic rhythm, melody and key centres. But my chords are somewhat unconventional.
There are six main themes or motives in this piece that totals about five minutes. Each idea is easily recognizable. First the timpani sets up the 5-beat pattern, and the strings soon softly group it into alternating patterns of 2 and 3 beats. Woodwind solos provide the second idea, a rather doleful tune. A lively, merry, theme provides a contrast, introduced by the first violins: idea 3.Before the culminating sixth idea, in the solo string quartet, the whole orchestra tosses around a fast scale-like motive: idea 4, and also presents a triumphal theme, which becomes idea 5.
The melody and harmony of idea 6 is neither sad or merry; it just is. Here we really "get to five". Dare I use it as an allegory for "a way forward"? The rest of the work develops all this material into a climax. It ends the way it opens, quietly with idea 1 in the timpani and strings.


Premiere Information:
August 6th, 2016
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
St. Andrews Gala Festival Concert
St. Andrews Festival Orchestra, Lewis Dalvit, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 M649get
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 13, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    50 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Parts page count: 50
    Piano Reduction: 14 Pages
    Parts
    50 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Reduction
    14 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
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