Luke Bedford: Slow Music

Luke Bedford Slow Music
Slow Music

Luke Bedford: Slow Music

Year of composition:
2005
Scored for:
for 8 players
Composer:
Luke Bedford
Instrumentation:
fl, ob, cl, hp, cel, vln, vla, vc
Instrumentation details:
flute
oboe
clarinet in A
harp
celesta
violin
viola
violoncello
Commission:
Commissioned by the Philharmonia for its Music of Today series, with support from the Royal Philharmonic Society, the PRS Foundation, the Radcliffe Trust, and the John S. Cohen Foundation.
Duration:
5’
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Work introduction

Slow Music was written as a companion for my piece Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper. Structurally, it is the opposite of that piece, as only one process occurs throughout. Beginning with a series of very slow chords, punctuated by a melody, the music is gradually overtaken by fast notes, until they have entirely overrun the texture. The harmonic rate however, remains slow throughout.

Slow Music was commissioned by the Philharmonia for its Music of Today series, with support from the Royal Philharmonic Society, the PRS Foundation, the Radcliffe Trust and the John S Cohen Foundation.

Luke Bedford

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