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Chants at play, with solid background

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Chants at play, with solid background : for flute, bass clarinet and piano / Haydn Reeder.

by Haydn Reeder (1990)


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It was my intention to invent a title which is similar to one which an artist may give to a painting. This is because the piece resonates in some way with the influence on me of the Spanish-Australian artist Ignacio Marmol. 'Solid background' refers to the unvaried figuration played mainly by the pianist in the first section. Listeners may perceive it as solid only in terms of it being structured in the same way.

There are two types of chant to be heard. The first, announced by the flute, is highly structured in that its durations and intervals are symmetrical, and subsequent transformations of it are based on a particular course of Change Ringing (bell ringing).

The second is reminiscent of the 'tumbling strain' type of Aboriginal chant; this occurs three times in the second half of the piece.

The inclusion of quite a number of heterogeneous materials in this piece, which lasts nearly eight minutes, extends from the virtuosic first half through the following porous slow section which is interrupted by the Aboriginal chant and violent outbursts, to the last section which is based on those outbursts.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (14p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 min.

Dedicated to Het Trio

Commission info: One of the works written as fulfillment of a Composer Fellowship awarded by the Victorian Government.

First performance by Alpha Centauri Trio — 1 Jun 94. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

First performed by the Alpha Centauri Ensemble at The Seymour Centre, Sydney -- Composer's note.

Composed as part of a Composer Fellowship awarded by the Victorian government through its Council for the Arts in 1989.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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