True South

For Orchestra

James Matheson

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Duration: 20:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

I like inverting things - turning them upside down, or inside out - and having another look. While working on True South I became fascinated with the notion of taking traditional harmonic materials and stacking them, toying with them, wringing them out as a way of creating fresh ways of hearing them. The piece unfolds as a (very) loosely structured set of variations, in which the basic ideas are continuously transformed in surprising and asymmetrical ways, flowing through shimmering brightness and darkness, sparseness and great density, energetic motion and stillness. An underlying lyricism grounds the work, giving it - I hope - emotional weight and human resonance.

Scores & Parts

True South - Full Score - Study
True South - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Composition Date 2010
Orchestration 2 0 2 2 – 2 1 1 0; 2Perc. Hp. Pno.(Cel.) Str.
Premiere 17th, 18th December, 2010. New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alan Gilbert; Contact! New Music Series, Metropolitan Museum (17th), Symphony Space (18th), New York, NY.

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