In praise of shadows

Rodney Sharman
Composition Date: 2003
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 2 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Other plucked strings
  • 1 x Piano
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
In Praise of Shadows focuses on a few musical gestures and colours which blur distinctions between harmony and timbre, material and instrument: from descending scales for the whole ensemble to flutes and solo trumpet shimmering between timbres, evoking wisps and shadows. The form of the work is related to the old Baroque form of the Passacaglia, in which a descending bass repeats for the duration of the piece. In this piece, however, the Passacaglia is sometimes delayed or obscured by contrast, "coloured silence" and shadows.
In Praise of Shadows (2003) was commissioned by Wim Boerman and Ensemble Ereprijs, to whom it is dedicated.

Premiere Information:
November 18th, 2003, Gigant, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; Ensemble de Ereprijs; Wim Megens, conductor.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 S531inp 2003
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 23, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (30 p.) ; 28 x 43 cm.
    30 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 73
    14 parts ([73] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For chamber ensemble.

    Instrumentation: 2 flutes, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone in Bb, alto saxophone in Eb, French horn in F, trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, piano, & 1 percussion (vibraphone, chimes, triangle, suspended cymbal, gong, low tam-tam).

    "For Wim Boerman and Ensemble de Ereprijs"

    Additional People:
    Wim Boerman
    Ensemble de Ereprijs
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