Four Horsemen
for symphonic band and electronics

Composition Date: 2012
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Large Ensemble (10-20 Performers), Woodwind(s) / Brass / Percussion, Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piccolo
  • 2 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 3 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 4 x Saxophone
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 4 x Percussion
  • 1 x Other electronic
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Other electronic
  • 1 x Band
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CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9373 S784fo
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Large Ensemble (10-20 Performers), Woodwind(s) / Brass / Percussion, Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 31, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (32 p.) ;
    32 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 64
    24 parts ([64] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Around the time I was writing this piece in 2012, I had recently completed a
    series of three chamber works inspired by the passage of the solstices and
    equinoxes: Solstice Songs, for the Gryphon Trio, The River is Within Us for Duo
    Concertante, and Still Turning, for cellist Frances-Marie Uitti. While composing
    these works, I came to find inspiration in the idea that phrases such as “the four
    corners of the earth”, “four horsemen”, and “four angels” can be interpreted
    beyond their caricature roles, echoing an ancient knowledge about astronomy
    and celestial movement which sets my creativity alight. I began to interpret the
    idea of the 4 horsemen in musical ways:
    The use of four large concert bass drums, four swinging crotales, and of course
    the actual recorded sounds of horses (and their modern-day equivalents which I
    interpreted to be motorcycles) making audible appearances in the electronics.
    The resulting piece is a fierce yet inquisitive modern work that is more about the
    joy and inspiration of scientific knowledge than about an apocalyptic vision of the
    end of the World.
    Four Horsemen was commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra,
    Pinchas Zukerman, Music Director, and Musicfest Canada in honour of its 40th
    anniversary. A special thank you to Jason Caslor, Pace Sturdevant, and Mark
    Hopkins for their help in the creation of this work.
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