Relative Autonomy

Hayden, Sam (2004) Relative Autonomy. [Composition]

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Abstract

Relative Autonomy is a musical metaphor for the conflict between individualism and the collective. The title refers to the theory of state power (based on Marxist ideas) that asserts that while a link exists between capitalism and the state, these structures also have a degree of independence.
The opening of the piece is dominated by an extended duet for contrabassoon and contrabass clarinet. This is later combined with a layer of high instruments, in particular piccolo, piccolo trumpet, violin and crotales. Hayden says: "It is the dialectic between these two layers that drives the energy of the piece. All the instruments are constantly involved in the tension between their individual and collective roles."

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: London Sinfonietta Commission for 2004/5 season 1st performance: 27 Jan 2005 London Sinfonietta/Nicholas Kok (cond.) Jerwood Hall, LSO St. Luke's, London. Recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast on the 'Hear and Now' programme. A CD copy of the BBC Radio 3 recording is provided (stereo audio). 2nd performance: 5 March 2005 MaerzMusik Festival 2005, London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins (cond.) Der Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Berlin. ISMN: M-2255-1334-8 (Score) 1st performance: 27 Jan 2005 London Sinfonietta/Nicholas Kok (cond.) Jerwood Hall, LSO St. Luke's, London. 2nd performance: 5 March 2005 MaerzMusik Festival 2005, London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins (cond.) Der Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Berlin.
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Depositing User: Sam Hayden
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:46
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2012 13:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28076
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