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Symphony d’aere

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Kirsten Milenko

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General Info

Year: 2017/2019
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Australian Music Centre
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - A$50.36   |   Parts Only (print) - A$123.82


Full Score
Solo Violin
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass I-II-III
Percussion (4 players, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Large Thai Bao Gong tuned to F
  • Large Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A piece on the subject of plastic pollution. The extent of its touch is beyond anything we as a human race have so far experienced. Like a work of Frankenstein, plastics created by humans have now determined a life of their own, beyond our grasp of control or even our influence.

We have created substances that have stepped beyond us and no longer need our intervention to embody methods of definition within the world. We are part of our environment, completely inseparable from its flux and its flow. Everything that we interact with entwined with our daily lives and eventually our bodies.

A contemporary spin on the concerto - Symphony d'aere presents the solo violin against the wind symphony to create stark dispositions between central presence and dissipating melodies. With each layer functioning in a gesture of impetus, a breathing organ-like sound is attained with the soloist forming a point of connection to converse with and within the wind symphony.

Symphony d’aere traces movements between that which is directly seen and indirectly known, with focus on shifting between a sole perspective and uncontrollable unanimity. The piece observes patterns between the singular perspective and its ever-changing surrounds. Relentless, the individual does not give up its presence; but whether this is the presence of hope towards environmental preservation or the surrender into a reality of mass pollution ... we become unsure.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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