Music for “Old Europe”

Description

Music for “Old Europe” was commissioned by the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival and premiered in September 2003 in Schwaz by Windkraft Tirol and Kasper de Roo. The work is scored for a 24-piece wind orchestra, supplied with a glockenspiel. The compositional approach to a wind orchestra is that of chamber music. Every instrument has an independent part and there is a relatively small amount of doublings involved in the writing; most of the time each instrument plays its independent part. This results in a flow of music in which gradual changes of harmony play an essential part. In this sense, the piece is contrapuntal all the way through.

Harmonically, the piece consists of two completely different kinds of material: the first belongs to the modernistic, atonal tradition, and the second is modal in its nature. In the modal passage, the subtle duet between the bassoon and the english horn is accompanied by a stable harmony from the rest of the ensemble. The duet, placed in the middle of the piece, uses and develops melodic motifs introduced in the beginning. Towards the end the melodic motifs are treated on a boarder scale and the texture develops into something more complex, both harmonically and polyphonically. The finale is in passacaglia form and the intensity of music gradually builds up to a climax.

Premiered in the very heart of Europe, the piece serves pays homage to “Old Europe” and its values which have made it possible for contemporary, creative arts to exist as an independent voice/ source of expression.

In the arrangement for symphonic band (2006), the most notable feature is the visible role of three percussion instruments in the final passacaglia,  bringing elements of ‘groove’ into the texture.


Instrumentation

original version for wind orchestra (2003)

3 flutes
2 oboes
English horn
3 clarinets (in Bb)
2 bassoons
Double bassoon
4 horns (in F)
3 trumpets (in C)
Tuba
Glockenspiel

arrangement for symphonic band (2006)

3 flutes
2 oboes
English horn
3 clarinets (in Bb)
Bass Clarinet (in Bb)
Bassoon
Alto saxophone (in Eb)
Tenor saxophone (in Bb)
Barytone saxophone (in Eb)
Barytone
Tuba
3 percussion


 

Score

Music for Old Europe (2003)
Music for Old Europe (2006)


Audio

Music for “Old Europe”
UNM 2005 Orchestra, cond. Jani Telaranta
1:50 min excerpt


Details

Duration 9’

First performance

6 September 2003
Windkraft Tirol, cond. Casper de Roo
Schwaz, Austria

Commissioned by Klangspuren Schwaz 2003 Festival

Published by Music Finland


Performances 

Last performance

16 October 2012
The Guard’s Band, cond. Sasha Mäkilä
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

 

All past performances of Music for “Old Europe”

6 September 2003, Windkraft Tirol, cond. Casper de Roo
Schwaz, Austria

9 September 2005, UNM 2005 Orchestra, cond. Jani Telaranta
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

7 July 2009
Suolahti Hall, Suolahti, Finland
Sinfoninen puhallinorkesteri SISU, cond. Atso Almila

8 July 2009
Church of Taulumäki, Jyväskylä, Finland
Sinfoninen puhallinorkesteri SISU, cond. Atso Almila

16 October 2012
The Guard’s Band, cond. Sasha Mäkilä
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki