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Rolf Wallin

Publisher: Chester Music

Appearances (version for 15 musicians) (2007)
Chester Music Ltd
Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
25 Minutes
Programme Note
Rolf Wallin Appearances (version for 15 musicians) (2007)
This planet has seen many lifeforms emerge and vanish on its surface. Each of them has had a lifespan, long or short. A species can be marginal or totally dominant, and its extinction can be almost imperceptibly gradual or dramatically abrupt. Similarly, in human history, great and not so great ideas, good and evil, have appeared, disappeared, and reappeared in a bewildering, fascinating stream. One example is the highly refined and seemingly durable thoughts of art and philosophy, currently almost suffocating in the deluge of sewer water from the entertainment industry. The Earth is full of these patterns, like a midsummer's sky: the clouds emerge literally from thin air, grow, reshape and vanish, the fate of each of them impossible to predict for the spectator.

Programme note by Rolf Wallin

Preview the score:

  • Ensemble
    Arctic Philharmonic
    Peter Herresthal, violin
    Øyvind Bjorå
Appearances (2003), heard in the version for 15 solo instruments, arguably leaves an even stronger impression as its motifs – simple in themselves – are metamorphosed via a process quixotic in its continuity but also memorable in its rhythmic shapes and glistening textures.
Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone,01/07/2018
The half-hour kaleidoscope of Appearances [was] richly coloured and fetchingly inventive.
Geoff Brown, The Times,30/11/2010
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