ærc James Weeks

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Duration
26 mins
Published
2016
Categories

Orchestra String Orchestra

Instrumentation
1 Orchestral Strings

Purchasing options

Full score ISMN 57036-746-7 £5.95

any number of orchestral string instruments (at least 12)

Programme note

ærc is the Old English word for ark, derived from the Latin arca, a chest. Here it denotes an enclosed space, perhaps of refuge or safety, certainly of intimacy. As in the ark of Noah, the players are paired, entering the figurative space of the work two-by-two and creating a dense polyphonic texture (a giant viol consort) from breath-like bow-strokes, each pair in rhythmic unison, before exiting in sequence.

Premiere
CoMA Summer School articipants, High Melton, Doncaster, 11th August 2016