Premiere City: New York
Premiere Venue: University Settlement
Premiere Date: 9 Nov 2015
Premiere Performer / Ensemble / Presenter: TAK Ensemble
Amalgam was written for TAK in the summer of 2015. Amalgam focuses on orchestration, or more precisely, the mixture and unification of the instrumental forces into one unit. This idea of amalgamation through orchestration is approached in two ways. The first approach aims at fusion, building up a complex form of unison playing, matching frequencies, rhythms, and timbres to create a unified monophonic texture. This extended unison is developed throughout the first large section of the piece. The second half of the piece explores heterophonic textures: a unison line created by the combination of different elements from by different instruments. Instead of true unison and monophony, fusion through connected and contrasting instrumental lines is the goal.