Wings of Mercury

Keith Hamel
Composer
Keith Hamel
Composition Date: 1996
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Octets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)

Programme Note:

Keith Hamel

Wings of Mercury, 1996

Commissioned by: Vancouver New Music Society, with the assistance of the Canada Council

Premiered by: Vancouver New Music Ensemble, Toronto, January 22, 1997


Wings of Mercury is primarily concerned with the relation between the perceived motion of the surface material and that of the underlying layers. In each of the sections of the composition, a different relationship between these layers is explored. The title refers to the Roman god Mercury who had wings on his heals and served as the messenger of the gods. The title seemed appropriate since so much of the piece has a rapid and active surface. The word ‘mercury’ in the title can also be seen as making reference to the metal, since metal percussion instruments and are so prominently featured in the work.



CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8855 H212wi
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Octets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 17, 2003
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Additional Information:

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