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Torkelson, Adam: Blasted Heath 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Blasted Heath
  • Subtitle: 
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    8
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • First performance (venue): 
  • First performance (performers): 
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Notes

  • Program notes: 

    The title of this piece comes from the classic science fiction novella The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft. The Blasted Heath is the fictitious site of a meteor crash in Massachusetts, which drains the life force from all living things nearby, causing animals to become deformed, and people to go insane.
    There is a mysterious, other-worldly, yet beautiful tone throughout the classical tale, and it is these features that were carried over into the music. The piece is cast in a standard sonata form with an exposition, development, and recapitulation, and is based on a symmetrical scale. The intervals of a tritone and minor third are used to give the piece its mystical flavor. Two contrasting themes, the first set against a background of mirror-writing, and a second lyrical theme, a synthetic pentatonic scale set against a background of fourths, are developed over the course of the piece.

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
19
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Saxophone
2
Bassoon
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
2
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double Bass
2

 

 

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