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Game of attrition for chamber orchestra

Sierra, Arlene Elizabeth ORCID: 2009. Game of attrition for chamber orchestra. [Score]. Cecilian Music.

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A game of attrition gradually reduces the strengths of the opponents through sustained attack or pressure; in game theory, it is when two contestants compete for a resource while accumulating costs and losses over time. Natural selection as described in Darwin’s Origin of Species was probably the first description of this game in nature: When two species share the same place in the same environment, they will compete all the more to survive. An important feature of the work is the competitive duo, where two solo instruments of similar tessitura compete for dominance or territory within the overall sound. The musical environment in which these competitions take place is made up of small cellular figurations that replicate, grow and evolve throughout the body of the piece. In this Darwin bicentenary year, the sense of Game of Attrition is a contemporary and scientific wonder of the pastoral, leaving behind the old, somewhat naive romantic ideal. Through a modern understanding and appreciation, we have the means to account not just for nature's beauty, but also its complexity, violence and vulnerability. Game of Attrition was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. It is scheduled for recording in 2013 for release on the CD 'Arlene Sierra. Vol. 2'

Item Type: Composition
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Cecilian Music
Funders: New York Philharmonic
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:43

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