The centre cannot hold….

Hunt, Jordan

About the work

The title is taken from the Yeats poem ‘The Second Coming’, which inspired a spatially conceived piece, where four soloists, positioned at four corners of the ensemble, pass a melody around the centre. The melodic thread develops with changes of timbre, contrapuntal lines breaking off, until eventually all four soloists come together again in a four-part chorale which leads to the climax. The ensemble creates an orchestral texture of bristling movement. By the climax, the ensemble becomes fixed upon frenetic repetition of a texture before collapsing to leave the soloists’ thread to drift off.

Technical notes

If possible the soloists should be positioned in surrounding balconies if available


Call for pieces for Open Score 2005, RAM student


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score & parts


Sample score



7m 00s




Flexible Ensemble


4 solo lines for treble instruments, 4 ensemble lines, perc
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