Module I
1966

Duration

10' - 20'

Publisher

Edition Peters

Instrumentation Notes

orchestra

Program Notes

[The revised Peters Edition score of 2007 replaces all previous editions.]

MODULES I & II were composed in 1965-66 on commission from the Orchestre National of the O.R.T.F. Paris. As in AVAILABLE FORMS II (premiered at the Venice Biennale in 1962) the work is scored for one large orchestra under the direction of two conductors. I consider it to be a single orchestral event made up of two simultaneous planes of sonic activity. All of the sounds are composed in each score but the two conductors may superimpose the sounds and modify their durations and loudness in spontaneous relation to one another during performance. It is an immediate collaborative activity resulting in different formal and poetic configurations in each performance, while the basic character of the work is maintained. These are the first of a series of modules for different instrumentations, any two or more of which may be performed simultaneously.

As I have frequently commented, the graphic, mobile and open-form works that I have written since 1952 were originally inspired by the visual art work of Alexander Calder and Jackson Pollock. I continue to believe very much in the interrelatedness of all the arts and these first two MODULES were very much influenced by recent American ;aintin gand sculpture by artists such as Frank Stella, Al Held, Elsworth Kelly and Bob Morris; a kind of art called, “minimal.” The chord structures are mathematically constructed and related, as in some Schillinger techniques, but the dominant poetic image is one of simple, powerful, intense sonic structures which relate, transform and surge through time without the pressure of rhetorical purpose or anxiety, a simple orchestral event.

More Information

2.1.1.B-cl.1 – 2.2.1.1 – Str. (each divisi a 2)

May be performed alone or simultaneously with Module II or Module III. Commissioned by the Orchestre National (ORTF), Paris.

Audio Samples

Modules I & II

Selected Performances

September 8, 2016 • Bautzen,Germany

Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie
Conductors: 
GMD Andrea Sanguineti
Ulrich Kern
Modules I & II

September 7, 2016 • Hoeyerswerda, Germany

Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie
Conductors: 
GMD Andrea Sanguineti
Ulrich Kern
Modules I & II

September 6, 2016 • Görlitz, Germany

Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie
Conductors: 
GMD Andrea Sanguineti
Ulrich Kern
Modules I & II

September 3, 2016 • Zittau, Germany

Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie
Conductors: 
GMD Andrea Sanguineti
Ulrich Kern
Modules I & II

September 2, 2016 • Görlitz, Germany

Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie
Conductors: 
GMD Andrea Sanguineti
Ulrich Kern
Modules I & II

August 27, 2001 • Philharmonic Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Ensemble: Janacek PhilharmonicConductor: Petr KotikSoloist: Christian Arming

May 22, 2000 • Alice Tully Hall, New York City, USA

Ensemble: The Orchestra of the S.E.M. EnsembleConductor: Petr Kotik

December 1, 1999 • Opernhaus, Halle, Germany

Ensemble: Orchester des Opernhauses HalleConductor: Earle Brown

May 21, 1999 • Prague, Czech Republic

Ensemble: S.E.M. EnsembleConductor: Petr KotikSoloist: Christian Arming

October 24, 1994 • Wien Modern, Austria

Ensemble: ORF-SymphonieorchesterConductor: Hans Zender

October 24, 1994 • Vienna, Austria

Conductor: Earle Brown, Hans Zender

April 18, 1984 • Saarbruecken, Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

September 24, 1981 • Saarbruecken, Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

May 29, 1981 • Saarbruecken, Germany

Ensemble: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester SaarbrueckenConductor: Hans Zender, Earle Brown

November 19, 1980 • Nottingham

July 31, 1980 • Rejkjavik

November 30, 1979 • Geneva

August 25, 1976 • RAI Rome

June 23, 1976 • Deutschlandfunk

October 13, 1975 • Detschlandfunk Berlin

September 11, 1974 • RAI Rome

May 31, 1974 • Basel

Ensemble: Baseler Orchester Gesellschaft

March 14, 1974 • Rotterdam

Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic

February 24, 1972 • Kiel, Germany

Ensemble: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel

August 22, 1971 • Bayreuth

August 19, 1971 • NDR Hamburg, Germany

March 12, 1971 • WDR Koeln, Germany

December 22, 1970 • Frankfurt, Hessischer Rundfunk

August 7, 1970 • Koeln, Germany, WDR

March 17, 1970 • Berlin, SFB

February 24, 1970 • RAI Venezia, Italy

September 10, 1969 • Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy

Ensemble: Orchestra Filarmonica SlovenaConductor: Marcello Panni, Earle Brown

September 6, 1968 • Oslo

Ensemble: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

November 30, 1967 • Tokyo, festival "Orchestral Space"

Conductor: Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Seiji Ozawa.

February 7, 1967 • Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris

Ensemble: L' Orchestre National de l'O.R.T.F.Conductor: Eleazar de CarvalhoWorld premiere

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