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Magnus Lindberg: Corrente No.2: Orchestra

Score Only | Orchestra
Composer Magnus Lindberg
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation Orchestra
Orchestral work commissioned by the BBC, and premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Davis, The Barbican Hall, November 1992.

Quoting Lindberg: 'After having written a Piano Concerto in 1991 preceded by three works for different orchestral effectives (Kinetics, Marea and Joy) I felt that I had come to an end with a certain musical expression and also compositional technique. All these works were based upon an extended chaconne principle with chord chains cycling around, undergoing constant transformation and being articulated in a very gestural way. The musical paradox and evidently also the challenge was the discrepancy between a brick-like method expressed in a world of gestures (with all difficulties involved in conceiving music out of phrases) aiming at a continuity in terms of progression and development.

After the Piano Concerto in the autumn of 1991 I strongly felt that I couldn't continue in that direction anymore. I started to work on a project called Corrente for 16 players, as a study for the full orchestra version entitled Corrente II.

In order to bring the harmonic and rhythmic world closer to each other I abandoned the chaconne principle and based the harmony on different scale aggregates. By combining these scales and by filtering or by enhancing them with additional pitches based on more acoustically oriented views of the scales by considering them as partials of virtual fundamentals I was able to work in a rich harmonic world without actually having to do harmonic transformations and progressions. The rhythmic material was based on pattern figures with a rather kaleidoscopic approach of repetition and variation.

By combining these pattern figures and scales aggregates I wanted to give the musical expression a 'narrative' sense of streams and directions moving around in different orchestral constellations.

Corrente II for symphony orchestra is based on the same material as the piece for chamber orchestra. As the timbral palette and the mass

Product Type Score Only
Release Date 2002
ISBN 9780711994133
Edition Number CH60880
Catalog No. MUSCH60880
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