concerto for two cellos

Jocelyn Morlock
Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Multiple Soloists, Cello(s)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Horn
  • 1 x Other percussion
  • 2 x Violoncello
  • 1 x String orchestra
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Programme Note:
Aeromancy is divination by observing atmospheric conditions. Thunder and lightning, storms, winds, meteor showers – all are studied to determine what the future holds. It is one of many types of divination: attempts to gain insight into future events by using ritual processes of observation, part an incredible variety of ways and means that humans endeavour to predict the future and control chaos. (Other methods include observation of birds in flight, insect swarms, and augury ex diris – divination by all other ominous events.)
My concerto, Aeromancy, has at its foundation an oscillation of mood from bright to ominous and back, seeking equilibrium but never quite finding it, always questioning. I am fascinated by the inventive methods that people come up with to determine the future, to gain control over an unruly world, all the while seeing that fate will choose for us despite our efforts. As Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes asked, “Who can decipher, In storm or starlight, The written character of a friendly fate...but if the horoscope’s bewildering...Who can turn skies back and begin again?”

Commissioned by Paul Marleyn and the International Cello Festival of Canada with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts

Premiere Information:
15/06/2011 Westminster United Church Winnipeg, MB Cello soloists Yegor Dyachkov and Yuri Hooker and members of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestra Anne Manson. Conductor: Anne Manson


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1413 M865ae
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Multiple Soloists, Cello(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 20, 2011
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (44 p.) ;
    44 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 73
    12 parts ((73) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Instrumentation:
    2 Oboes
    2 Horns
    1 Glockenspiel
    2 Solo Cellos
    Strings (66432)
    Two sections
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