David Fennessy: Hirta Rounds

  • for 16 strings
  • vl(9), vla(3), vc(3), cb
  • Duration: 12’
  • Instrumentation details:
    violin(9)
    viola(3)
    violoncello(3)
    double bass(1)
  • Composer: David Fennessy
  • Commission: Kompositionsauftrag des Münchener Kammerorchesters, gefördert durch die Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

Work introduction

As a consequence of collaborating with the Münchener Kammerorchester on my forthcoming new music-theatre work for the Münchener Biennale in 2016, they invited me to compose for them a new concert piece for strings with the stipulation that it be unconducted. This aspect has been key in the conception of the entire piece and it led to me to think about how I could write chamber music for sixteen individual players. Splitting the strings into smaller groups opened up the possibility of many different fluctuations in tempo occurring simultaneously and what has resulted is at once some of the most simple yet complex music I have composed thus far.

David Fennessy

Audiosamples

Hirta Rounds
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The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Prinzregententheater, München (DE)
Date:
02.07.2015
Orchestra:
Münchener Kammerorchester

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