Portrait of Peter Paul Koprowski thumbtack

Moment Musical

Duration: 7 minutes

Written: 1983

Premiered: April 13, 1984

Royal Conservatory Orchestra

Conductor: Michael Newnham


  • Flute I (Piccolo)
  • Flute II (Piccolo)
  • 2 Oboes
  • 2 Clarinets in Bb
  • 2 Bassoons
  • 2 Horns
  • Vibraphone
  • 2 String Ensembles


Moment Musical was commissioned to serve as a test piece for the 1984 Heinz Unger Conductor's Competition.

Scored for an orchestra divided into several ensembles (2 string groups, winds, contrabasses, and a vibraphone), the work offers a variety of challenges for the conductor as well as the orchestra.
Each of the string parts may be performed by either a single player or a section, at the discretion of the conductor. Similarly, at the conductor's discretion, the seating arrangements on stage may vary.

Moment Musical displays a variety of delicate textures which rarely exceed the dynamic range of mezzo-forte. It calls for an interpretation imbued with grace, elegance, sensitivity and the utmost refinement.