Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Symphony No. 2

Victoria Borisova-Ollas Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 2

Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Symphony No. 2

Year of composition:
‘Labyrinths of Time’
Scored for:
for orchestra
Victoria Borisova-Ollas
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, pno, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
piano (+cel)
violin I
violin II
double bass
Commissioned by Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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Work introduction

How does the mechanism which controls our ability to remember the past work?

My own solution to this mystery is a combination of three keywords: time, pulse, and memory.

In fact, we cannot remember events as if they were lined up as a chain of beautiful pearls from a perfectly neat necklace. Instead, we remember short sections of conversations, colors, still and moving images. We remember voices, melodies, and in more complicated contexts also texts, numbers, music scores, and drawings. Of course, all of that varies from one person to another depending very much on what sort of personalities we have, our occupations and our age range.

One can also experience the memory process as a walk in a labyrinth. I imagine that labyrinth as a giant interior of a church tower's clockwork. We take one step to the right, one step to the left while the huge machinery ticks, its wheels rattling and scratching. The clock hits a quarter of an hour, two quarters, three quarters … then the final chord arrives!

Time always has a pulse, and therefore it is closely related to the music. The heart beats faster or slower while the short episodes of the silent movie keep rolling back and forth. We remember, we breathe, we exist.

Symphony No. 2 “Labyrinths of Time” was written between 2015 and 2016. It was commissioned by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Victoria Borisova-Ollas

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Symphony No. 2

Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Symphony No. 2

study score
for orchestra , 30’
Instr.: 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, pno, str

World première

Göteborgs Konserthus, Göteborg (SE)
Göteborgs Symfoniker
Andrey Boreyko

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