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Three Ostinatos

Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Solo Instrumental

   Each movement of Three Ostinatos is based on a different repeated rhythmic pattern that spans the entire movement. The first movement moves like clockwork at a walking pace. Long melodies arc high above a mechanical ostinato that gradually transforms as the music proceeds. The euphonium and tuba are showcased with solos as the music eventually comes full-circle, returning to the opening at the close. The middle movement is haunting and lush, cast in a slow and cantabile 7/8 meter. The main melody is first played by a solo clarinet, who is joined by piccolo and vibraphone before the whole ensemble joins in. After an expansive climax, a solo horn gives a nostalgic return to the main theme. Closing the work is a quick polymetric celebration, overlaying melodies and rhythms in 5/8, 7/8, 3/4, and 3/2 and bringing the work to a energetic close.

   Duration: ca 10'30"

  • 1 Piccolo, 3 Flutes, 1 Oboes, 3 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon
  • 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
  • 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba
  • Timpani, 4 Percussion
  • Double Bass

Click on the audio players below to listen to a recording by the Oyster Bay High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Matthew Sisia.
Movement 1:
Movement 2:
Movement 3:

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Three Ostinatos
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