AUGUSTA READ THOMAS


The Auditions

ballet for chamber orchestra (2019)


1 leaf (ca. 480 x 375 mm.) Executed in bright colored inks on white paper. Signed by composer at lower right corner.

Together with 2ff. map sketches, 216 x 395 mm; 216 x 278 mm. Both dated “Jan 2 [2c] 2019 / Ballet” at head of page.

Together with long map of form, 280 x 820 mm.

“The Auditions takes place in two worlds – one ethereal, one grounded. It follows its musical framework closely, which, in a cyclical nature, pulses between two very distinct, imaginative sonic and dramatic worlds: “ethereal landscape” or “landscape paradise” and “the audition room.” Designed in seven arcs: slow, fast, slow, fast, slow, fast, slow, the work has a duration of 26 minutes, and is performed without a pause. We set out to make an agile and energized artwork whose flexibility would allow for a continually evolving braid of harmonic, rhythmic, lyrical, athletic, and contrapuntal elements, both in terms of music and movement. We collaborated closely for 18 months on the creation of this artwork. At every level, we are concerned with transformations and connections. The Auditions unfolds a labyrinth of musical and movement interrelationships and connections that showcase the dancers and musicians in a virtuosic display of rhythmic agility, counterpoint, skill, energy, dynamic range, clarity and majesty. At times gentle, delicate and spacious and at times vivid, virtuosic, and blazing, the ballet culminates in music and dance of enthusiastic, intrepid (almost Stravinsky-like) spirits while never losing their sense of playfulness and effervescence.” Program notes by Troy Schumacher and Augusta Read Thomas 

The Auditions was premiered on 14 November 2019 by the ICE Ensemble conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni with the Martha Graham Dance Company directed by Janet Eilber. 

In very good condition overall.


Published by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians

J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians was established in 1977 by John and Jude Lubrano. Since that time, the firm has come to be recognized as one of the leading international antiquarian dealers in the specialities of Music and Dance.

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