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

  • St. Rose Music Publishing (World)

Commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR Sinfonieorchester).

  • 1+pic.1+ca.2.1+cbn/2.2.2.0/timp.4perc/hp/str
  • 5 min

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 5 minutes, and is dedicated to the WDR Sinfonieorchester. – Nico Muhly