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Release for 12 Musicians

Leibovich, Nizan Release for 12 Musicians. [Composition] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The title Release refers to the gesture of setting free from a state of utmost constriction, be it physical or mental. At the start, this idea is conveyed at the micro level—one instrument playing one note over a very short time unit. It then expands at various levels, the largest being the entire structure of the piece, where two defined sections are noticeable. The first is a gradual buildup of tension, the second a release of that tension in multiple stages, where two defined sections are noticeable. The first is a gradual buildup of tension, the second a release of that tension in multiple stages. Throughout the piece, the ensemble of 12 musicians is divided in various ways, allowing for development of specific musical parameters, primarily sound. Solo segments exploring tension and release via specific timbres are supported by four distinct instrumental groupings: (flute, oboe, clarinet,) brass (horn, trumpet, trombone) strings (violin, viola, cello) and “rhythm section” (vibraphone, piano and bass.) When the focus is on the latter three instruments, the ensemble is divided to three smaller groups—woodwinds joining the bass, brass joining piano and strings joining the vibraphone--each group mined for its distinctive timbre, and given its own rhythmic treatment. The original version of Release was written for the NOW ensemble, New York, who premiered the piece in March of 2013. The piece was scored for five instruments and lasted 4 ½ minutes. I have since expanded the original version both in forces and length in an exploration of how far this core idea of tension/release can be stretched before exhaustion. This extended version was premiered at the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, in July 2015.


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Item Type: Composition
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Leibovich, Nizannil28@pitt.eduNIL28
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Uncontrolled Keywords: ensemble, contemporary, music
Composition Type: ensemble
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 18:26
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/31387

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