for Orchestra

Ralph Shapey

Duration: 00:20:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Ontogeny (?a pattern of processes in Time through which the inherent potentialities of?proceeds freely to be realized?) was written during the summer of 1958 while in residence at the MacDowell Colony. It is the first orchestral work dealing with my concepts of: ?The Graven Image.?
-Music as an object in Time and Space.
-Aggregate sounds structured into concrete sculptural forms.
-Images existing as a totality from their inception, each a self-involved unit of individual proportions.
-Related, inter-related and unrelated images organized into an organic whole.
-Permutations occurring only within each self-contained unit.
-Varied phrases resulting from juxtaposition of designs.
-Imposed discipline by ritualistic reiteration.

A great work of Art is a work which transcends the immediate moment into a world of Infinity; complete and finite within itself; of inevitability and of Oneness; and a series of such moments must result in a dynamic unforgettable experience.

Additional Information

Composition Date 1958
Orchestration 4 2 3 2 - 3 2 1 1; 9Perc. Pno. Str.
Premiere 26th May, 1966 Chicago Symphony, Ralph Shapey, conductor, Mandel Hall, Chicago, IL