"un gioco burlesco"

Sydney Hodkinson

Duration: 00:10:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Tilt: (a) to charge an opponent, or to unhorse one another; (b) to aim or thrust a lance in a joust; (c) to quarrel with blows at full speed; (d) to cause to fall or overthrow; (e) slang: the warning delivered by old pin-ball machines when one played the game far too actively.

Musically, two primary mottos drive this merry battle forward, both heard at the outset: (1) a legato, ascending 3-note fragment ?(minor third, major seventh) ?and (2) a marcato four-note signal ?(minor seventh, perfect fifth). They provide the genesis for all of the material throughout the entire ?contest.? The mottos reappear and combine together wearing both dark and lighter raiment, constantly varying from a ?valse-triste? to a piquant 6/8 dance, a punching hoedown, a double fugue, and an infernal march, all propelling the orchestral games into a scurrying chase to the vociferous close.
The work is, in effect, a mini-concerto for the full ensemble. While the piece is heavily scored, often with thick harmonies, the over-riding conceit of a crowded tournament celebration for orchestra prevails: a festive duel for all!

"Tilt" is approximately ten minutes in duration, and was commissioned by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in celebration of its 75th Anniversary Season with funding provided through a partnership between members of RPO?s Honorary Board and the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music. The score is dedicated to my former teacher, the American composer Ross Lee Finney (1906-1997), and is a truncated revisitation of a fifteen-year old scherzo. The work was completed in late May of 1997 in Fairport, New York and the first performances were given by the RPO, Robert Bernhardt, conductor, on January 15 and 17, 1998 in Rochester, New York.

Additional Information

Commission Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on the occasion of its 75th Anniversary
Composition Date 1997
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(E-flat/B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere January 15, 1998. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Bernhardt, conductor; Rochester, NY

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