Chamber Symphony

James Primosch

Performing Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra
Duration: 18:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

By calling my work a Chamber Symphony, I have no Neo-Classical intent; rather, I have simply designated the piece as a large scale work for chamber orchestra.

Perhaps more evocative is the epigraph that appears in the score: “Punkt und Linie zu Fläche.” this is the title of a book by Kandinsky which has appeared in English as “Point and Line to Plane.”

Finding analogies between the visual arts and music is a time-honored idea, and while I have not turned to specific Kandinsky works for inspiration (nor to the artist’s theories about music, theosophy and “vibrations”), I feel that the precision and abandon with which Kandinsky deploys static and active gestures on the canvas is reflected in what I have tried to do with musical “points” and “lines” on the “plane” of time.
—James Primosch

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by SUNY Stony Brook
Composition Date 1990
Orchestration 1(Picc.) 1 2(B.Cl. ext.) 0 - 1 1 1(F Attachment) 0; 2Perc. Pno. Str.
Premiere April 29, 1990. Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Daniel Kennedy, conductor. Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

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