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Bablook: Planet of Hands

For Full Orchestra.  Duration: 12 minutes.

Commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra (2014)

Revised for the Spokane Symphony (2015)

Program Note:


I’m a fan of the abstract – the study of topographic maps; the flowing forms of an expert soccer team; a Merce Cunningham dance piece – experiences with no obvious plot or story arc. So it’s ironic that this piece, Bablook: Planet of Hands, is so unabashedly cinematic and narrative. What can I say? – the piece revealed itself to me on its own terms. The result seems to me like the soundtrack to an elaborate yet inadvertently satirical comic book.  



Instrumentation:

2 Flutes

2 Clarinets

2 Oboes

2 Bassoons

3 French Horns

2 Trumpets

2 Trombones

Percussion (drum kit, tam tam, break drum, vibraphone, bass drum)

Timpani

Strings