The tide rises, the tide falls
for chamber ensemble

Jennifer Butler
Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:14:30
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
My assignment for this piece was to respond to Barbara Pentland’s Tides, for violin, harp, and marimba. After spending time with her score, I began extracting fragments that particularly spoke to me, and created a palette of stolen harmonies, melodic fragments, textures, and colours. Then came the hard part. How should I use these fragments? What should I say with them? I stopped listening to Pentland’s Tides, and instead began thinking about the ocean’s tides: this endless cycle that is at once constantly changing (and causing great change), and yet always the same, always there. I began thinking about the tension between stasis and change. I created a piece with five sections that are all shaped around exactly the same melody line, a melody created by connecting fragments taken from Pentland’s music. In each section I explored different colours and textures, timings, and densities. There are layers that are relentlessly static, yet these layers are placed in a context of change. Each section sounds quite different, and yet, each section also sounds the same.

Premiere Information:
12 April 2014, Orpheum Annex, Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver New Music Ensemble; Giorgio Magnanensi, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 B985ti
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 31, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score
    50 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 52
    12 parts
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 1111/1000/hp/pno/perc/str
    Commissioned by: Vancouver New Music

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