Northwest!

Ronald Caltabiano

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Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
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"'Northwest!" was commissioned by the City of Marietta, Ohio, in celebration of their bicentennial, and was written especially for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1987.
While visiting Marietta in the summer of 1986, I was taken by the beautiful meshing of people with their surroundings, buildings with geography, and contemporary life with an understanding of history. It is this interweaving that I have chosen to depict in "Northwest!", a ten minute overture-like piece for medium-sized orchestra.

A brief introduction, which foreshadows melodic, rhythmic, and structural elements of the composition, culminates in an accelerating tutti chordal passage somewhat reminiscent of the opening bars of the "Overture to Coriolanus". The main body of the piece begins with a slow, solemn, ever-climbing invocation for low strings and brass. At its climax, this music is interrupted by an allegro section in constantly descending, highly rhythmic figures in the upper winds and violins.

As the piece progresses, these two seemingly unrelated musics begin to overlap, either by calmly accompanying each other, rudely interrupting one another, or carrying on raucous arguments, both vying for the listener?s attention by trying to dominate the musical texture. In doing so, they begin to exchange their various characteristic harmonies and melodic identities.

Finally, when the two ideas completely overlap, the tutti chordal passage from the introduction is recapitulated, this time leading to a final highly ornamented chorale.

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Additional Information

Commission 1989. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jes
Composition Date 1988
Duration 00:10:00
Orchestration 2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 2 - 4 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.

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