István Anhalt
Composition Date: 1987
Duration: 00:23:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Trombone
  • 1 x Baritone/Euphonium
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 5 x Unknown percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Unspecified keyboard
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:

István Anhalt

SparkskrapS, 1987

Commissioned by:

“Anhalt uses the full resources of the orchestra to build color contrasts between the notion of the divine spark and the forces of destruction.” William Littler, The Toronto Star, March 12, 1994

“The title suggests that ‘sparks’ and ‘skraps’ could be seen as being mirror images of each other. ‘Sparks’ is meant here in the sense of the ‘divine spark’ that is believed to exist in the very nature of the human personality. (...) ‘Skraps’... refers to manmade and once credible artifices... that have crumbled (...) Despite allusions to these notions... the piece does not aim at telling a story. Its numerous shifts of mood and musical substance may be understood as merely suggesting that a sense of unity might be possible within the confines of a single entity...”

Premiere Information:
Esprit Orchestra, Alex Pauk, conductor, Toronto March 19, 1988


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 A596sp
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 8, 1988
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((4), 106 p.) ;
    110 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Parts page count: 374
    24 parts ((374) p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Duration: ca 23:00.
    2222/2221/perc(2), piano(electric organ, celesta), harp/strings with optional additional flute, 2 horns, trumpet and trombone.
    Holograph (photocopy); original in CMC Toronto.

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