• Emily Howard
  • sphere (2017)
    (for orchestra)

  • Peters Edition Limited (World)

Commissioned by Bamberg Symphoniker.

First performed on 9th March 2017 by Bamberg Symphoniker, conducted by Alondra de la Parra, at Theater der Stadt, Schweinfurt, Germany

  • 2(II:pic).2.0+2bb-cl.2(II:cbn)/0+4f-hn.0+2bb-tpt.2+btbn.0/timp/str
  • 6 min

Programme Note

A short work for chamber orchestra, sphere (2017) is an exploration of its namesake shape. Rather than imagining a sphere as a static geometrical form, I chose to approach it from a more dynamic perspective. I envisioned myself travelling on the surface of a sphere – one complete revolution. And as my mind travelled around this imaginary shape, I encountered different soundscapes; in turn these became etchings in sound.

sphere is one in a series of geometry-inspired works and forms an orchestral triptych with Torus (2016) and Antisphere (2019).

Emily Howard, August 2023



sphere recorded by BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Mark Wigglesworth (NMC)



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