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This work concerns itself more with the progression of its instrumental colors over time than with the progression of its harmonies or the unfolding of its form. The changing and continuously moving colors in the composition behave in much the same way that “Klangfarbenmelodien” do: timbral structure in the music is elaborated to a greater degree than harmonic structure.

Many of my previous compositions were inspired by techniques employed in painting. Over Time is concerned instead with the visual impact of a multicolored light-kinetic and thus time-based art.

John Rea

  • Score available at CMC, Région du Québec.
  • Recording: CD: Centredisques CMC 3188


    Friday, March 5 – Saturday, 6, 2004
  • McGill Symphony Orchestra
    Friday, November 13 – Tuesday, 17, 2015