George Walker

Tangents for Chamber Orchestra


    Tangents, was commissioned by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio to celebrate the New Millennium with a four minute fanfare tribute.  the work that resulted is far more complicated and slightly longer than the original proposal.  Its premiere was given in Columbus, Ohio on January 9, 2000.

The beginning of the work is appropriately declamatory.  the Second theme is derived from a pop tune easily identifiable in its proper context. A brief closing idea completes the exposition of a compressed sonata form. After a section of new material is presented, the first theme reappears.  A second tune, extracted from the world of jazz, begins with the cellos and ends in the woodwinds.  Tangents concludes with a reiteration of the second theme from the exposition.