Olympic Frieze

Weeks, James




Flexible Ensemble


Any number of pitched instruments (at least 10)


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About the work

Olympic Frieze is conceived like an Ancient Greek frieze around the entablature of a temple: players should be placed along the walls of the performance space at intervals like figures in a bas-relief. Like visitors to a temple or museum, the audience should be free to wander throughout the space and out again as desired – ideally the music should be playing before the first audience member enters and continue after the last audience member leaves. Thus the piece functions as part of the decoration of the room, and might be considered a descendant of Satie’s musique d’ameublement: the difference being that Olympic Frieze is not intended as background music, but to draw the listener’s attention.


Written for CoMA Summer School 2014