• Joan Tower
  • Chamber Dance (2006)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
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  • 16 min
    • 8th December 2023, Durham Town Hall, Durham, United Kingdom
    • 10th February 2024, The Forum, Harrisburg, PA, United States of America
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Programme Note

Composer note:

Chamber Dance is dedicated to the intrepid and wonderful Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. It is chamber music in the sense that I always thought of Orpheus as a large chamber group, interacting and "dancing" with one another the way smaller chamber groups do. Like dancers, the members of this large group have to be very much in touch with what everyone else is doing, and allow for changing leadership to guide the smaller and bigger ensembles. Chamber Dance weaves through a tapestry of solos, duets, and ensembles where the oboe, flute, and violin are featured as solos and the violin and clarinet, cello and bassoon, two trumpets, and unison horns step out of the texture as duets. The ensemble writing is fairly vertical and rhythmic in its profile, thereby creating an ensemble that has to "dance" well together. I am very honored that Orpheus commissioned me to write this piece.

— Joan Tower