for chamber ensemble

James Harley
James Harley
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Premiere Information:
New Music Concerts; Robert Aitken; conductor; Glenn Gould Studio; Toronto; 9 June 2006.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 H285ax
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 13, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (85 p.) ;
    85 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 102
    13 parts ([102] p.) ;
    102 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • aXis is scored for 13 instruments: woodwinds, brass, and strings. It was commissioned by New Music Concerts, Toronto, for a concert celebrating the music of Iannis Xenakis, held as part of the 2006 soundaXis Festival. The title is intended to pay homage both to Xenakis and to the festival. Beyond that, the title points to the way the music was conceived: various Xenakian ideas as “axis”—the center around which the music rotates; the basic rhythmic impulse that begins the piece, to be varied, elaborated, and returned to; the homophonic texture of the opening, evolving into independent instrumental groups, then individual instruments, then back again; the formal shape of the piece, turning around the point of departure. If there are explicit references to the soundworld of Xenakis, they come from his later work, from Jonchaies (1977) and beyond. His music has influenced me greatly, but more, his rigor of thought and questioning of basic principles have challenged me to go my own way.

    Clarinet in Bb
    Horn in F
    Trumpet in C
    Violin x 2
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