The Immeasurable Space of Tones

for Violin, Vibraphone, Piano, Sustaining Keyboard and Contrabass

The Immeasurable Space of Tones

for Violin, Vibraphone, Piano, Sustaining Keyboard and Contrabass

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Series: Music Sales America Publisher: Chester Music Score & Parts Composer: John Luther Adams

Score and separate parts with spiral-bound keyboard/organ part.

Number 5, 1950 was Mark Rothko's last painting before the breakthrough into his mature format. In it the luminous color fields of a classic Rothko are inscribed across the middle with three delicate lines. Describing this painting and its pivotal position in Rothko's work, Brian O'Doherty observes: 'After this, the lines disappear completely.' In recent years gesture and figuration have disappeared from my music. What used to be background has emerged to become a musical world composed entirely of floating color fields. In this new world I've changed media, moving from the orchestra to smaller combinations of acoustical instruments and electronically-processed sounds. I still think in orchestral terms, but this hybrid medium allows me to create orchestral textures for more practical and readily available ensembles. Initially I imagined this as a kind of monolithic music -an entire piece as one rich and complex sound. Then I came to hear it as homophonic or heterophonic. And now – in this musical world that I thought was completely free of lines – I've come to hear a polyphony of harmonic clouds. Maybe the lines never disappear completely. Maybe Christian Wolff was right when he quipped: 'No matter what we do, sooner or later it all sounds melodic.'” – John Luther Adams

  • Mixed Ensemble

$38.00 (US) Inventory #HL 00233289 Publisher Code: CH85987 Width: 12.0" Length: 9.25" Run time: 0:30:00

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