Moving Trees


chamber ensemble of 18 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
picc.ob.2 cl.bsn - hn.tpt.trbn - perc(2): vib/mark tree/crot/2 wdbl/ch.cym/guiro/bamboo cluster - harp - gtr - piano(=cel) - 2 vln.vla.vlc.db
Commissioned by Ictus for the Rosas Dance Company
First Performance
13.3.03, Belgium, Ars Musica Festival, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels: Ictus Ensemble/Georges Elie Octors

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Moving Trees was written to accompany a movement of a dance film by Anne Teresa de Keersmaker entitled Counter-Phrases. The film showed three beautiful girls moving amongst trees and leaves with the summer sunlight casting ever-changing shadow-shapes on their bodies as they seemed to become one with the natural world. The trees' verticality is literally mirrored by a 'tall' pedal note in octaves, held through much of the score. Jonathan Harvey

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'Moving Trees' reviews

'…the meeting of music, dance and film achieves a tangible synthesis: Harvey's sensuous ensemble, dominated by harp and celeste, realises the dappled sunlight of the film.' The Guardian (Tom Service), 21 March 2003 Read more

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