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By Bert Appermont

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Concert band - Grade 4
Composed by Bert Appermont. Concert works. Score and set of parts. Duration 0:13:10. Published by Beriato Music (BT.0510-1-294).

Item Number: BT.0510-1-294

Microtopia was inspired by the wondrous nature film Microcosmos, in which the insect world is magnified into large-as-life tableaux. The title of the work is a combination of the words microscopic (micro) and biotope (topia), in reference to this weird and wonderful world. The work consists of four parts: Habitat: the mysterious living environment of the insects (concludes with a suspensive chord that heralds the start of part 2) Coleoptera: the beetles Papilionoidea: the butterflies Hymenoptera: the wasps The music aims to be suggestive rather than produce a literal evocation or depiction. I am convinced that everybody can imagine different scenes and moods when listening to the four parts, from marching beetles to fluttering butterflies and aggressive wasps. The colourful orchestration and harmonisation really work in this respect. The use of trills, atmospheric chords and irregular times (five-eight) gives the work an unusual character. NOTES FOR THE CONDUCTOR The harp section could also be played on a synthesizer. In part 4, the virtuoso melody can be played by a soloist or a group of instruments, depending on the level/numbers or the orchestra and the transparency/atmosphere you wish to evoke. I have therefore written the melody as a cue in different parts, so that this can be adapted to a particular orchestra where necessary. This work was commissioned by the wind orchestra of the Royal School of Music of Antwerp.

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