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Oram, Celeste: macropsia 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    macropsia
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    6
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    macropsia (mah-krop´se-ah) a disorder of visual perception in which objects appear larger than their actual size

    This derangement of scale is transferred onto the symphony orchestra. This work is essentially a bug the size of a symphony orchestra: which, if music were a branch of the animal kingdom, would be the grotesque, giant monster of that family. Tiny sounds and instrumental colours usually deemed ‘too small’ for orchestral writing are multiplied and magnified via the scale of orchestral forces. The orchestra is metamorphosed into an intricate sound-box of abject noises—scratches, creaks, groans, scuttles, shivers, and shrieks; yet it scurries always along a tightrope between kitschiness and vocality.

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
72
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
2
C
C
Piccolo
Oboe
2
Oboe
Oboe
Cor anglais
Clarinet
2
B-flat
B-flat
Bass
Bassoon
2
Bassoon
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
2
Tenor
Bass
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Vibraphone (F3)
Timpani
Xylophone
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Tamtam
Bongos
Other
Harp
1
 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
26
Viola
10
Cello
8
Double Bass
6
4-string
4-string

 

 

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