The Atmosphere as a Fluid System
- Performer(s) Eugenia Zukerman, flute; The Women's Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta, conductor
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Solo flute, chamber orchestra: 1,1,1,1/1,0,0,0/timp/3 perc*/pno/str.
The Atmosphere As a Fluid System suggests music which, while intricately interconnected, forms a gesture of fluid upward motion. There is no prescribed traditional musical form in which the music develops. Rather, as the description form the Encyclopaedia Britannica suggests, the work is a discovery of flow and motion as form – ever changing, as the forces which work with it exert their influences.
“Only in the present century has the atmosphere been seen as a large fluid system, the behaviour of which is primarily determined by the need for a poleward transfer of heat.”
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume XII, Macropaedia