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Luke Bedford: Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper

  • for 8 players
  • fl, ob, cl, hp, cel, vln, vla, vc
  • Duration: 6’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    oboe
    clarinet in Bb
    harp
    celesta
    violin
    viola
    violoncello
  • Composer: Luke Bedford

Work introduction

Both the title and the structure of the piece were inspired by Bunuel's film The Phantom of Liberty. Rather than following one, or several main characters, the film is created from a series of tangents, so that, at any moment the camera might start following an apparently minor character. One of these tangents follows a man who, seemingly for no reason at all, goes to the top of a skyscraper and begins randomly shooting people below.

I tried to employ a similar technique to Bunuel in this piece, so that the music can go in unexpected directions, sparked off by the smallest of triggers.

Luke Bedford

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
St. George's Brandon Hall, Bristol (GB)
Date:
25.05.2002
Orchestra:
Brunel Ensemble
Conductor:
Christopher Austin

Press reviews

“Luke Bedford, aged 24, had his Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper premiered here. He demonstrated an acute ear for texture: most striking were the dramatic chordal stings, which gradually relaxed into a sequence of more contemplative, sustained harmonies before ending on a surreal shudder. A short but impressive piece.” (The Guardian)

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