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Rodríguez, Iván Enrique: A Metaphor for Power 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    A Metaphor for Power
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    12
  • Year of composition: 
    2018
  • First performance (year): 
    2019
  • First performance (venue): 
    Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ
  • First performance (performers): 
    New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    "We hold these TRUTHS to be SELF-EVIDENT, that all men are created EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    This is how the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence reads...

    In our present-day (year 2018), this sentence invites us, and certainly myself, to think about our experience in this nation, The United States of America. It is unquestionably evident that the present-day of the Usonian experience is governed by a perceivable, and unceasingly growing inequality. From the abysmal separation of social classes, to the renaissance of the historical but silenced racial discrimination. A Metaphor for Power, a title chosen from a James Baldwin quote, is a musical essay that attempts to address the present turbulence of ideologies, dreams and hard-hitting realities. The piece unfolds as an expedition through an expanse of troublesome experiences visited by fleeting and unsuccessful moments of hope. Through this journey of struggle, emotional sufferings and survival, the narrative is interrupted with ideological symbolisms that, in the aftermath of the affair, may have taken different meanings. As a Latino composer from Puerto Rico – and United States citizen by birth – this musical essay takes a more vivid significance as many of the unpleasant events have been part of my direct and personal Usonian experience.

    A Metaphor for Power was selected for performance in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a program for which staff members of New Music USA annual serve as professional development mentors.

  • Technical specs: 

    All Horns, Trumpets and Trombones require Straight Mutes

    All Trombones require Bucket Mutes

    Trumpet and Trombone 1 require Harmon Mutes

    Trumpet 1 requires Cup Mute

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
66
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
C
C
Piccolo
Oboe
3
Oboe
Oboe
Cor anglais
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bass
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
4
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Vibraphone (C3)
Timpani
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Tamtam
Other
Harp
1
 
Keyboard
1
Piano
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
17
Viola
9
Cello
7
Double Bass
4
4-string
4-string

 

 

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