Music for Owen Underhill and his magnificent eight
for piano, violin, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet and percussion

Composition Date: 1997
Revision Date: 1997
Duration: 00:21:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Nonets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
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Programme Note:
Nikolai Korndorf

Music for Owen Underhill and His Magnificent Eight, 1997

Commissioned by: Vancouver New Music, with the assistance of the Canada Council

Premiered by: Vancouver New Music Ensemble, May 31, 1998

“Most of [Korndorf’s] scores are contemplative. This one is brutal, cacophonous, and at first listening, all but random. So it begins, and so it ends, capped by a pistol shot. Between them – entre deux guerres – is a short, calm. Mournful détente, so slow you could almost count the oscillations of the bass clarinet and tubular bells.” Lloyd Dyck, Vancouver Sun, June 2, 1998

“When I met Owen Underhill… I was struck by his broad musical interests and versatile activities as a composer, conductor,… [and] professor… . Wishing to emphasize the breadth of his activities, the conductor performs on instruments as well as leading the ensemble. Sometimes he combines conducting and playing the instruments simultaneously… I would like to point out that this piece is not humorous and is not ‘cowboy’ or ‘western’ as some might assume from the title. It is a serious work, not entertainment, and the reference to ‘The Magnificent Seven’ should be seen as a coincidence (though this was done deliberately).”


CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8955 K84mu
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Nonets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 11, 2000
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([4], 50 p.) + 9 parts ([106] p.) ;
    54 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 106
  • Additional Information:
  • For piano, violin, violoncello, double bass, flute (bass flute, piccolo), oboe (English horn), clarinet (bass clarinet), and percussion.
    Photocopy; master copy of score in CMCToronto.
    Duration: 21:00
    Premiere: May 31, 1998, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC; Vancouver New Music Ensemble; Owen Underhill, cond.
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