Niloufar Nourbakhsh Firing Squad Score
Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet and Fixed Media
Please note that a link to download the fixed media performance recording and a practice click track is included within the score and parts.
“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía
was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover
ice.” The compelling opening of Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece,
constructs an intense moment of reflection on the past by digging into a
childhood memory while facing a firing squad: his first encounter with ice.
The technique of constructing such an intense moment that is reflecting on
the past was uniquely inspiring to me. Firing Squad is structurally inspired
by this sentence, exploring the intense moment of confronting death and
expanding the moment into all possible feelings and memories one might
go through before saying farewell to life.
Firing Squad was commissioned for Akropolis by the I-Park Foundation in 2018.