Incidental music of my mind

Rose Bolton
Rose Bolton
Composition Date: 1998
Duration: 00:14:30
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Celeste
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
'Incidental Music of my Mind' consists of six movements which make up a series of musical tableaux, which take their inspiration from activities or situations encountered in everyday life.

Movement I is largely arrhythmic and is gradual in its accumulation of momentum. The harmonies are meant to allude to the haziness and freshness of early morning sunlight shining through mist.

Movement II represents the city sounds and rush hour traffic. It evokes the sensation of stepping out from a quiet home into the busy street.

Movement III is about the human being as machine, and the passage of time while performing necessary mechanical tasks. It is about the daily grind, and the effort required to persist with one's work. Near the end of the movement, a melodic phrase emerges, which represents the mind starting to drift.

The fourth movement is the shortest, and also evokes the passage of time (heard by a "clock tick" played on the vibraphone), but during a period of rest. The tune played by the clarinet and bassoon independently of the ensemble represents the mind drifting, and the individual's freed imagination.

Movement V focuses on the inspired creative imagination at work. The tune that first appeared in III is developed and exaggerated.

The final movement representsclosure and repose, where the music slowly winds down. Material from earlier movements are distorted to evoke human perception of memories of sounds that occurred over the course of the passing day.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 B694in
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 19, 2003
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((8), 74 p.) ; 28 cm.
    78 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 159
    16 parts ((159) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For chamber orchestra.
    Instrumentation: 1(picc)121/1110/perc(2),piano,celesta/strings.
    Includes instruction on performance and stage set-up.
    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
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