William Kraft

Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The title tells much about the piece: there are three ideas which form the basis of the ensuing interplay, or variations. The term ?ideas? is used rather than ?themes,? because it is the character of each of these ideas, not the actual pitch and rhythmic content, that, for the most part, is exploited throughout the piece.

The three ideas are presented in an introductory section. The first idea is stated by way of a cello cadenza, second by flutes, and then, later, strings. My choice of instruments here was shaped in part by my admiration for the playing of the Los Angeles Philharmonic?s principal cellist, Ronald Leonard, and for the Orchestra?s flutists.

While the second idea is still being played, the third enters. It consists simply of four parallel thirds played by an ensemble of three percussionists on vibraphone, orchestra bells, and crotales. The exposition of these ideas concludes with the timpani fragmenting the second idea. The interplay of all this begins immediately thereafter.
Ideas one and two are never again stated completely, but rather, they are fragmented, and it is the elements resulting from the gradmentation which are exploited and varied. The interplay consists not only of the interaction of the elements themselves, but also in the way they are thrown about the orchestra. The word ?play? within the title is descriptive of the character of the piece itself.

"Interplay" was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the occasion of the 80th birthday of Dorothy Chandler, and received its premiere on November 1, 1984, in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Simon Rattle conducting.

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Additional Information

Commission Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on the Meet the Composer Residency program
Composition Date 1984
Duration 00:17:00
Orchestration 3(2Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.)- 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str., off-stage: Crotales
Premiere November 1, 1984. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle, conductor; Los Angeles, CA