Canonic Overture - Arms Racing


by Colin Matthews

Small Orchestra
2222 - 2200 - timp - strings
Composed for London Regional CND
First Performance
6.8.83, St James', Piccadilly, London: CND Orchestra/Oliver Knussen

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Programme Notes
Colin Matthews CANONIC OVERTURE: Arms Racing This four-minute overture was written very quickly in the summer of 1983 for a Hiroshima Day concert in aid of London Region CND. Composers and performers donated their services, and the scratch orchestra (which included a high proportion of well-known London musicians) was conducted by Oliver Knussen on approximately 15 minutes rehearsal. There was no time, in composing this piece, to devise subtle canons: but since my aim was to depict the grim absurdity of arms races, subtlety was not a priority. The canonic writing is deliberately clumsy, with entries literally falling over each other in their desire to get to the next double bar-line. Colin Matthews

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