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Norman, Andrew: Try 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Try
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    14
  • Year of composition: 
    2011
  • First performance (year): 
    2011
  • First performance (venue): 
    Disney Hall, Los Angeles CA, USA
  • First performance (performers): 
    Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by John Adams
  • Publisher: 
  • Genre: 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    I never get things right on the first try. I am a trial-and-error composer, an incurable reviser. And this is a problem when it comes to high profile commissions from world-class ensembles in spectacular concert halls, because in these rare cases one gets exactly one try to get it right, and one really, really wants to get it right. Disney Hall and the LA Philharmonic have meant so much to me over the years that the overwhelming desire to write for them the perfect piece was enough to stop me dead in my creative tracks. It took me many months to realize the obvious: my piece was never going to be perfect no matter how hard I tried, and perfection was not even the right target on which to set my sights. The best thing I could do to honor the adventurous spirit of the Philharmonic and Disney Hall was to try as many new things as I could, to embrace the risk and failure and serendipitous discovery implicit in the word “try.” The piece I ended up writing is a lot like me. It’s messy, and fragmented, and it certainly doesn’t get things right on the first try. It does things over and over, trying them out in as many different ways as it can. It circles back on itself again and again in search of any idea that will stick, that will lead it forward to something new. And, at long last, after ten minutes of increasingly frantic trying, it finds one small, unlikely bit of musical material it likes enough to repeat and polish and hone until it finally (fingers crossed) gets it right. Try was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and premiered in Disney Hall in May 2011, conducted by John Adams. It has subsequently been performed by Contemporaneous at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City and by Alarm Will Sound during the 2015 Mizzou International Composers Festival in Missouri.

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
15
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
C
Oboe
1
Oboe
Clarinet
1
B-flat
Bassoon
1
Bassoon
Horn (F)
1
Trumpet
1
B-flat
Trombone
1
Tenor
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
2
Vibraphone (C3)
Cymbals
Tamtam
Tom-Toms
Bongos
Temple Blocks
Other
Keyboard
1
Piano
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double Bass
1
4-string

 

 

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