by Tansy Davies

Full Orchestra
picc. – 4.3.2.btrbn.1 – perc(4/5): peking opera gong/2 rototom/2 thai nipple gong/2 tin can(sml & med)/metal dustbin/splash.cym/hi-hat.cym/BD/2 conga/tom-tom(med)/2 log drums(lg)/vib/mar/2 xyl – harp – strings

Commissioned by CBSO Youth Orchestra with funds from the Feeney Trust

First Performance
18.2.07, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK: CBSO Youth Orchestra/Paul Daniel

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Programme Notes
I found the starting point for this piece in the extraordinary close-ups of plants which the German photographer Karl Blossfeldt published in 1929. His magnified images show the intricate details, sleek designs and architectural shapes of hundreds of plants. Leaf shapes result from patterns of growth that start and stop. The points at which these changes occur are called ‘nodes’ or ‘points of arrest’. This is where growth stops in one direction, starts in the opposite direction and grows with maximum velocity, resulting in all varieties of leaf design. The beginning of ‘Streamlines’ is like a ‘point of arrest’ where a sudden growth spurt appears from nowhere and a line starts to emerge. Forceful interruptions continue throughout the piece, creating openings for new lines and patterns which in turn are jettisoned as the piece unfolds. Tansy Davies

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'Streamlines' reviews

‘Streamlines by the exciting young composer Tansy Davies, a mini-concerto for orchestra highlighting every section along its funky, energetic progress, posing challenges of articulation and execution (not least for the continuolike percussion section) brilliantly encompassed under Paul Daniel’s understanding direction.’ Birmingham Post (Christopher Morley) 29 February 2007 Read more

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