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Vortex

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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson


General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |  Score Only - $7.95


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III (I doubles piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Piano
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Celeste
  • Cymbals (small and large suspended)
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Guiro
  • Lion's Roar
  • Marimba
  • Timpani (3)
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock (small)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A vortex is a whirling mass, such as a tornado or whirlpool, which is created when a source of momentum causes a thick layer of unstable stratification to move with ever stronger tangential velocity as the medium (air or water) converges into a smaller radius. The vortex gradually gains power and momentum while, ironically, forming a vacuum at its center. It is this image of opposites - one influenced by the other - that was the genesis of this piece. The piece alternates between moments of extreme stasis and whirling energy. While the work is not a concerto, the piano often serves as the source of momentum,with the ensemble - static at first - gradually pulled into the vortex.


Program Note by Dana Wilson


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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