• Missy Mazzoli
  • Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (2013)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)

Revised 2016.

  • 2.2.2.2(2hca)/2(2hca).2(2hca).2(hca).1/2perc/pf(syn)/str; harmonicas in A(4), C(4), and F(2); tp
  • 9 min

Programme Note

Composer note
Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) is music in the shape of a solar system, a collection of rococo loops that twist around each other within a larger orbit. The word “sinfonia” refers to baroque works for chamber orchestra but also to the old Italian term for a hurdy-gurdy, a medieval stringed instrument with constant, wheezing drones that are cranked out under melodies played on an attached keyboard. It’s a piece that churns and roils, that inches close to the listener only to leap away at breakneck speed, in the process transforming the ensemble turns into a makeshift hurdy-gurdy, flung recklessly into space. Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

— Missy Mazzoli

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