The Blenheim 2018 B Grade Test Piece.


A4 Score and Parts

Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The name comes from a combination of two greek words “oura” and “boros”, meaning tail and eating respectively. The idea of the ouroboros is meant to represent the perpetual cyclic renewal of life and death leading to rebirth, a similar idea that the phoenix represents.

Rather than using the ouroboros with such things as its religious and mythological connections, the piece uses the literal symbolism to create a piece of cycles. More specifically, a simple rhythm introduced at the start that expands and adapts over the duration of the music. While the rhythm is quite obvious at the beginning, it starts to hide itself until it's almost unnoticeable and makes a big return by the end.

Ouroboros, Todd Smith (Score & Parts)


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