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a gentle infinity

for orchestra

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  6m
Instrumentation:  3( 3( 3(1.2.bcl) 3(; 4331; timp., perc (2); pno/cl; hp; str( | (Perc: cym., tam-tam, toms, maracas, crot., sn.dr, tri., wdblk., glock., bs.dr, timbales, tn.dr, vbr)

Year:  2009
Duration:  6m
Instrumentation  3( 3( 3(1....

Dorothy Ker

Composer:   Dorothy Ker

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NZSO, Hamish McKeich (conductor). Recorded by RNZ Concert as part of the 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

Dorothy Ker: a gentle infin...

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The overall conception of the piece is underpinned by an evolving, wave-like movement - continuous cycles stretching/compressing/proliferating. There is a strong connection to the sea, as in [... and...11], composed in 2002. A passacaglia of seven chords, gradually permutating until they eventually assemble into reverse order, form the ground or ‘canvas’. The various textural and linear surfaces of the piece all emerge from this ground as reflections, extensions, compressions, or distillations of the core material. Quarter-tones (division of the chromatic scale into 24 tones instead of the usual 12) enrich and intensify the harmony while rendering it more tactile and less pitch-defined.


"The 7-minute a gentle infinity…is both atmospheric and deft in Ker’s handling of a large orchestra, subtly dynamic (not least in the use of percussion), edgily communicative, and vibrant in its imagery; a piece full of good things, arguably cut off prematurely. Conducted by Pavel Kotla, the LSO once again suggested that Ker (in attendance) is a composer to watch out for."

-Colin Anderson,

Commissioned note

The piece was commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and given its premiere in the Barbican Hall, London in October 2010.

Performance history

05 Oct 2010: Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Kotla at the Barbican Hall, in London.

28 Nov 2013: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Hamish McKeich (conductor). Recorded by RNZ Concert as part of the 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

08 Mar 2021: CANCELLED: Auckland Arts Festival | Shoulder to Shoulder
Featuring: Ruby Solly | Te Kahureremoa Taumata | Ariana Tikao

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