for full orchestra

Vivian Fung
Vivian Fung
Composition Date: 2018
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
Earworms is a feisty and whimsical orchestral piece that provides a commentary on the world we live in today - it musically depicts our diverted attention spans, our constant barrage of music and other media, and our multitasking lives. Since having my son almost three years ago, I have found my life to be more complicated and chaotic, but also all teh richer and more meaningful. I find myself at the end of the day humming tunes that have gotten into my head and that I cannot seem to escape no matter how hard I try - hence the title Earworms. The work features a few snippets of some of the best (or most insistent and annoying, depending on how you look at it) of these tunes and combines them into a playful and quirky arrangement. I worked fragments of these songs into the piece the way I would hear them at night - incomplete, sometimes looping just a little lick, sometimes simultaneously or consecutively, and always heavily developed to evoke the feel of my irrational obsession. The piece culminates in a chaotic mashup, with the orchestra building its force and repeating musical gestures with different, often conflicting rhythms. It ends loud and strong, as the earworms take hold of my psyche.

I have composed this work specifically for Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, the commissioner of the work. I am a proud Canadian wo is delighted to have the honor to compose for such an esteemed and outstanding group of musicians. This piece reflects the strengths of the orchestra, including its virtuosity, vitality, and tremendous spirit.

Premiere Information:
The World Premiere of Vivian Fung’s Earworms for Full Orchestra is commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra and was performed in concert at Shelley and Brahms’s Second in March of 2018.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 F981ear
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 1, 2019
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    61 Pages
    Height: 18 inches
    Width: 10 inches
  • Additional Information:

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Earworms for full orchestra
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