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Takeoff (1978) [20:01]
mixed styles style

Large Orchestra, tape and synthesizer

Publisher:
Soundlib Press

Recording:
McCarty: On The Other Hand

A musical "happening", using music borrowed from three composers of the Mannheim School - Anton Filtz, Franz Richter, and Johann Stamitz. It is dedicated to the memory of these men, who helped to develop and codify the symphony (its expressive gestures and musical forms) for use by composers from Haydn to the present.

Program Note:
TAKEOFF (1978) Frank McCarty
Program Note:
TAKEOFF is a musical "happening", using music borrowed from three composers of the Mannheim School - Anton Filtz, Franz Richter, and Johann Stamitz. It is dedicated to the memory of these men, who helped to develop and codify the symphony (its expressive gestures and musical forms) for use by composers from Haydn to the present. While conventional outings in this form generally pit two or more musical themes against one another, TAKEOFF does the same with three different pieces, each in its own key.
The themes are first presented and compared within a formalized superstructure; TAKEOFF is actually a self-analyzing composition. Such academic politeness does become rather strained in the development section due to the large number of musical ideas vying for attention. Be forwarned that the music may tend to get stuck at times, but the orchestra will do its best to keep things going and to limit its complaints. Happily, a stronger sense of reality returns with the recapitulation of principal themes within the "winning" key of A. The coda, announced by the players, counts down to a "landing" using numbers borrowed from several of the better known post-Mannheimers.

The title exemplifies the piece which contains associations and puns from its own title. The first is NASA, space, rockets, etc. In addition to radio communicatrions from Mission Control, the orchestra provides a numerical countdown, by numbers of notes or numbers of Beethoven Symphonies. The actual blastoff is actually a Mannheim Rocket, courtesy of Haydn and Prokofiev.