FATE NOW CONQUERS

2020
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Large Ensemble

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Large Ensemble

instrumentation

for orchestra

duration

5 minutes

commissioned by

premiered by

PERFORMANCE: MARCH 26-29, 2020, Kimmel Center Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

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Using the beautifully fluid harmonic structure of the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th symphony, I have composed musical gestures that are representative of the unpredictable ways of fate. Jolting stabs, coupled with an agitated groove with every persona. Frenzied arpeggios in the strings that morph into an ambiguous cloud of free-flowing running passages depicts the uncertainty of life that hoovers over us.

We know that Beethoven strived to overcome many obstacles in his life and documented his aspirations to prevail, despite his ailments. Whatever the specific reason for including this particularly profound passage from the Iliad, in the end, it seems that Beethoven relinquished to fate. Fate now conquers.

-Carlos Simon

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”
The Washington Post
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FATE NOW CONQUERS

duration

5 minutes

instrumentation

for orchestra

premiered by

PERFORMANCE: MARCH 26-29, 2020, Kimmel Center Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

commissioned by

Using the beautifully fluid harmonic structure of the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th symphony, I have composed musical gestures that are representative of the unpredictable ways of fate. Jolting stabs, coupled with an agitated groove with every persona. Frenzied arpeggios in the strings that morph into an ambiguous cloud of free-flowing running passages depicts the uncertainty of life that hoovers over us.

We know that Beethoven strived to overcome many obstacles in his life and documented his aspirations to prevail, despite his ailments. Whatever the specific reason for including this particularly profound passage from the Iliad, in the end, it seems that Beethoven relinquished to fate. Fate now conquers.

-Carlos Simon

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”
The Washington Post
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