Moondraal Moondru
pour orchestre de chambre

Gabriel Dharmoo
Composition Date: 2010
Revision Date: 2013
Duration: 00:18:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
Moondraal Moondru: The Tamil title, which can be translated to Thrice Three, refers to the formal structure of the piece; 3 times 3 types of sections:
- Three trios, which explore melodies and ornamentations inspired by Carnatic music ragas.
- Three rhythmical sections, with different sources of inspiration.
- Three “sound pictures”, which refer to precise sonic memories I have experienced in India.
1. Trio bois (Woodwind Trio): Trio for flute, oboe and clarinet.
2. Korvaigal: Different arithmetic rhythmical constructions are superimposed, at different speeds
3. Shatabdi Express: A train halt between Chennai and Mysore. Women are singing in a nearby coach. A train goes by. Vendors chant their slogans.
4. Trio carillon (Chime Trio): Trio for glockenspiel, xylophone and piano.
5. a) Koodiyattam Beats: Rhytmical section evoking the percussion instruments, namely the mizhâvu (copper drum) and the kuzhithalam (small cymbal) which accompany koodiyattam, a traditional form of danced theatre from the state of Kerala.
6. a) Agonizing Dhuryodhana: Nocturnal koodiyattam performance. An exceprt from the Mahabharata. Dhuryodhana in full agony.
5. b) / 6. b) Besant Nagar Dogs: After the performances, the koodiyattam beats persist in my memory. 4 am. Dogs are barking. Not a single rickshaw in sight.
7. Stumbling Konokol: Rhytmical section inspired by short phrases of beginners konokol (vocal percussion technique)
8. Trio cuivres (Brass Trio): Trio for trumpet, horn and trombone.
9. Dasaswamedh Ghat: Varanasi, holy city, evening pooja on the Ganges

Premiere Information:
Date de création : 3 juin 2010 lors du concert Ragamalika présenté par l'Ensemble Chorum à la Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
Reprise : 18 mai 2013 par Vancouver Symphony Orchestra au Orpheum Annex (Vancouver) - Direction: Bramwell Tovey.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 D525mo 2013
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 17, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (48 p.) ;
    48 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 27 cm
    Parts page count: 108
    15 parts ([108] p.) ;
    Height: 35 cm
    Width: 27 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • pour Flûte + piccolo / Hautbois / Clarinette soprano en si bémol / Basson / Cor en fa / Trompette en do / Trombone
    Percussion 1
    Cloches de chevilles
    Tam tam
    4 bongos
    Grosse caisse
    Timbales 21" et 25"
    Mobile de 6 à 10 cloches de hauteurs variées
    Percussion 2
    Petites cymbales (ex. Inde ou Moyen-Orient)
    5 blocs de bois
    3 cymbales
    Violon I / Violon II / Alto / Violoncelle / Contrebasse
    Partition en sons rééels, sauf glockenspiel, xylophone, piccolo et contrebasse
    Toutes autres notes sur l'interprétation (notation, mode de jeu alternatifs...) se retrouvent à même le score.
    Durée de l'oeuvre : Environ 18 minutes.
    Date de composition : 2010 (révision 2013)
    Directeur artistique invité : Gabriel Dharmoo - Co-directeurs artistiques de l'Ensemble Chorum : Raphaël Dubé et Charles-Antoine Fréchette - Direction musicale : Jean-Michel Malouf
    En 9 mouvements.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.
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