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Dance Mobile (2021) — In memoriam Oliver Knussen

For 13 players or for small chamber orchestra

Fl. (picc.) Cl. Alto Sax (sop sax.) Bsn (or B.Cl.*). Tbn. Pno. 2 perc.
Strings (11111 or 3,3,3,3,1 or 33333 or approx 66543 players**)

*In the case where bassoon is substituted with bass clarinet, the player can opt to tacet the occasional low note that the player feels does not sound satisfactory on their instrument. Bassoon/Bass Clarinet part’s range is Bb1 to D#5.
**In the case where a string section is used instead of 5 solo string players, some of the double-stops are played Divisi. These are all notated in the score and parts. If 5 solo strings are being used, it is optional to use subtle, elegant amplification on them, the bass in particular.
First performance by Eastman Musica Nova, Brad Lubman conducting, 2 March, 2022. Commissioned by the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastman School of Music.
Duration: 14 minutes

Informal reference recording

Program Note

The word mobile denotes both the noun: a decorative structure that is suspended so as to turn freely in the air as well as the adjective: lively, sprightly, spry, energetic, vigorous; animated, traveling, flexible, versatile, changing, fluid, on the move. On this mobile, three circa-4-minute dances are hanging. Between them are moments floating in the air until the suspended mobile is activated and set into motion. To be performed with dancers when feasible. Dance Mobile is a spin-off of material Augusta developed in an earlier work. Commissioned by the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastman School of Music. Dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Brad Lubman, Musica Nova, and the Eastman School of Music. Duration 14 minutes.

 
 

Brad Lubman. Photo credit: Peter Serling

Doodle sent from composer to conductor
 
Map of Form

MAP OF FORM as doodled by the composer

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Augusta Read Thomas work, please contact Nimbus Music Publishing.