The gnarled root
for orchestra

Composition Date: 2003
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 1 x English horn
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Celeste
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Think of a forest, not quite like the ones we are familiar with here on the West Coast, but perhaps something a little more surreal and enchanted. This forest is home to the most beautiful as well as the most primitive forms of life, and much as we would like to believe that we’ve conquered our fears of the unknown, a solitary walk off the beaten path, at night, could easily prove us wrong…
This piece is an exploration of both the “luminous” and the “darker” colours of the orchestra… but is it possible that what lurks in the darkness here will reveal some of its secrets? Or will they remain intangible, dreamlike, locked beneath a grid of gnarled roots-- an enigma?

Premiere Information:
Christ Church Cathedral
Vancouver, B.C.
West Coast Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bujar Llapaj


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 K741gn
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 3, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (20 p.) ; 36 cm.
    20 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 78
    30 parts ([78] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Full orchestra:
    2 3 3 2/4 2 3 1/ timp+2/celesta/hp/strings
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