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DERIVE 2 (study score)

DERIVE 2 (study score)

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Printed Edition
Composer:Boulez, Pierre (1925-2016)
Instrumentation:ca. cl/A. bn. hn. vn. va. vc. vib. mba. hp. pft.
Publisher Ref:UE37135

Price: £31.50
Publisher:Universal Edition
Year of Issue:2006
Dérive 2, dedicated to Elliott Carter on his 80th birthday, was the result of “research into periodicity”. “When I reflected on some of Ligeti’s compositions,” wrote Boulez, “I felt the desire to dedicate myself to some almost theoretical research into periodicity in order to systematically examine its overlays, its shifts and its exchange.”

"I had the sense…that although the piece was 45 minutes long, it could either have been 20 minutes or 200 and it wouldn't really have mattered. All of the music you hear in it is based on a single chord (derived – see what I've done there? – from a musical transliteration of the initials of Paul Sacher's name). Everything changes on the surface – there are passages where everything is speeding along vertiginously, which then contract into pools of slower music – but nothing changes underneath. It's a musical world that's completely hermetic and yet infinitely expandable. Weird." -- (Tom Service on Classical Music, The Guardian)

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