George Walker

Antifonys for Chamber Orchestra

   Antifonys for Chamber Orchestra was composed in 1968 and was first performed at the Bennington Composers Conference in Bennington, Vermont.  The instrumentation consists of a flute alternating with piccolo, and single winds - oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet and trombone with a small string orchestra (double string quartet and bass).  Percussion comprises timpani, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, cymbals, wood block and celesta.  After a short introduction, the principal allegro begins in "doppio movimento."   Fragments of melody are tossed around.  Kaleidoscopic harmonic patterns alternate or are combined with pulsating rhythms.  Climax follows climax until the movement subsides with a string glissando.