Halo ballet
(Bipolar disorder NOS); for piano, Nord Electro, percussion, and harp or electric guitar, with optional electric bass

Aaron Gervais
Composer
Aaron Gervais
Composition Date: 2010
Revision Date: 2011
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quartets, Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Plectral String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Other keyboard
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Other keyboard
Instrumentation Set Number 3:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Other plucked strings
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Other keyboard
Instrumentation Set Number 4:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Other plucked strings
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Other keyboard
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Programme Note:
Credit for the idea of a Halo ballet goes to Gregory Oh, who commissioned the piece and arranged for me to work with choreographer Julia Aplin. To complement the unusual dance environment of the piece, I chose an unusual musical environment that is equally a hybrid of instrumental traditions, both classical and rock. The material of the piece develops a single harmonic and melodic progression, which moves from extremely slow and legato to extremely fast and frenetic. Through this diverse vocabulary, I hope to give the choreographer a range of expressions to work with, allowing her to demonstrate the full potential of the robotic Halo characters to function as dancers.

Commissioned by Toca Loca

Premiere Information:
24/10/2010, The Music Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Gregory Oh, Sonja Eng, Stephanie Chua, Greg Samek; Choreography: Julia Aplin

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8434 G38ha
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quartets, Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Plectral String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 16, 2011
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (68 p.) ;
    68 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 60
    6 parts ((60) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Piano, harp or electric guitar, electric keyboards, optional electric bass, percussion
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