• Craig Armstrong
  • One Minute (2005)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned for the opening of Perth Concert Hall on 16 September 2005

Piece for full orchestra and visual artists Dalziel + Scullion

  • 3(pic).3(ca).3.36.3.3.1timp.4perchp.pf+kbdstr(14.12.10.8.6)
  • 15 min

Programme Note

When first approached by Horsecross to create a work for the new Perth Concert Hall we were excited by the idea of working together. Our practices though diverse in nature and scale had shared areas of interest. We had long discussions about the form that the work should take. From here the idea of one minute pieces with both pictures and music existing within their own time and space fell into place.

In contemporary life there is a perception that time and space are being constantly compressed. This is an idea that fascinated us. In a curious way the Japanese haiku poem reflects this wonderfully: the discipline and economy of three lines that refuse to hint at a final meaning, that mean nothing beyond themselves, yet the reader can plunge into infinite depths within its short lines. This was how the filming of the cloud sequences for this piece was treated.

It was vitally important to the work that the visual and musical elements were intrinsically connected. Sounds recorded with each film are used in the musical composition; sometimes these are manipulated electronically, other times used as found.

A major part of composing One Minute was how the individual parts would combine together. For this, each of the minute pieces has a strict harmonic plan starting from Knoydart which begins with a pentatonic scale (5 notes) adding one note for each movement; eventually Crimond uses all 12 notes of the chromatic scale. From here each movement decreases one note at a time returning to Perth and back to the pentatonic scale. The piece therefore is in an arch form from tonality through chromaticism back to tonality. Visually and musically the piece is complimented by nature.

Craig Armstrong, Dalziel + Scullion

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One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Knoydart
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Sionascaig
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Sound of Jura
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Bauchaille Etive Mor
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Rassay
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Govan
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Kirkwall
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Crimond
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Quiriang
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Rackwick Bay
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Edinburgh
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Cape Wrath
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Glasgow
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Rannoch Moor
One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra: Perth

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