5 Pieces for Ensemble
Smith, Sam Q
About the work
Because of not being able to predict which instruments would be available on each given performance, composing Five pieces for ensemble was a really enjoyable challenge. I constructed the pieces using a tone-row which sounds, unmasked, at given points throughout the performance. This is also a timbrel hinge in which I use the Piano and Percussion. Each instrumental voice (SATB) is given a section of the tone-row in each piece to freely choose from whilst the register is indicated between Low, Medium and High.
First Performance: Royal Academy of Music, Feb 2008, CoMA London Ensemble
At the beginning of each section, every performer is given a selection of notes to play. The aim for the performer is to find, within each movement, a harmonic equilibrium with the other performers.
Call for Pieces Entry: Open Score RAM student 2007