• Nico Muhly
  • One Line, Two Shapes (2021)

  • St. Rose Music Publishing (World)

Commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR Sinfonieorchester).

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  • 6 min
    • 28th September 2023, The Anvil, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    • 1st October 2023, Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
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Programme Note

One Line, Two Shapes is a very simple piece. The strings begin with a very quiet chorale in the lowest register, and begin rising higher and higher. Over this, a long, unbroken line unfurls in the woodwinds. These two processes continue throughout the piece, meeting at a final resolution. At various points, the rest of the orchestra provides sudden and occasional violent outbursts and interruptions, so there is a constant sense of instability and of the implied pulse going in and out of focus. It lasts six minutes, and is dedicated to the WDR Sinfonieorchester. – Nico Muhly


Nico Muhly - One Line, Two Shapes (WDR Sinfonieorchester/Cristian Măcelaru)