For Orchestra

James Matheson

Full Score - Study
Performing Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra
Item Number: 416-41423
Number of Pages: 84
Duration: 0:18:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

Colonnade is James Matheson’s intriguing response to the Albany Symphony’s commission to create a work inspired by the NY State Board of Education Building, designed by the renowned architect Rafael Guastavino. Matheson explains that “A colonnade acts as a metaphor for the tension between knowledge and perception. The columns are the same height and equidistant from each other; while the mind understands this fully, there exists no place from which one can perceive this – the columns always appear to be of uneven height and spacing. If one then adds motion to perspective, identical columns acquire elasticity, and begin to change kaleidoscopically – they shrink, grow, become closer, and then further apart.” This structural paradox is given musical life in the outer sections of Colonnade, while the long, arching middle section is inspired by the vaulted ceiling of one of the building’s largest rooms, enhancing the structure’s spacious openness and lightness.


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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra
Composition Date 2003
Orchestration 1, 1, 1, 1; 1, 0, 0, 0; Hp., Perc., Str.