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This epic piece is based on the idea of ‘weaving threads’ of melody. In the opening bars, the listener is introduced to a dreamy and flowing melodic line that represents the first ‘thread’ of the musical fabric. A second lyrical melody, derived from the first, is then interlaced into the texture. Before long, a third melodic line intermingles with the other threads of music, and tension builds. As the activity increases, more detached, rhythmic gestures begin to pervade the music, sewing, as it were, a different texture. In this spinning of a new musical fabric, the threads intertwine to the point of entanglement. What follows is a kind of unravelling. The development of the various threads of music is retraced, but in a distorted, uneasy fashion above a low, ever-present pedal note retained from the climax.


Premiered by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by

Kenneth Young in 2004 in the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart.

Interweaves (for orchestra)

  • ZIP file includes PDFs of full score for orchestra (score in C) and all parts: 2 Flutes (Flute 2 doubling Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion: 1 player (Vibraphone and Bass Drum), Harp, Strings Advanced level. Duration c. 10 minutes. Total 122 pages. NB. All PDF or ZIP downloads are sent to the email address linked to the PayPal account used for purchase.

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