Sheet Music: Performance Parts
Chinese whisper : for mixed string ensemble, 12 players / Damien Ricketson.
by Damien Ricketson (2000)
The Chinese Whisper ensemble of twelve string players is divided into three smaller ensembles; an amplified violin and cello duo, a string quartet, and a permanently muted sextet. The three ensembles are considered different characters, each with a unique musical heritage. The muted sextet (tuned a quarter-tone flat) is termed 'shadow' and is imagined as an almost forgotten folk music. The string quartet, termed 'image', is the most reminiscent of a mainstay classical-music language. The amplified duo ('silhouette') is imagined as an outline of something to come, a truly unique musical language. The three characters begin the piece with distinctive stylistic predilections, as though three individuals with uncommon life- stories suddenly find themselves having to engage with one another. The work subsequently unfolds as twelve miniature movements, each movement being a conceptual reiteration of the previous. Like the children's game 'Chinese whispers', however, with each repetition a process of distortion occurs. As the story is repeated and passed around the three characters, they gradually transform from individual entities with distinct languages towards a common amorphous whole.
Pages: 1 set of 12 performance parts (165p. -- B4 (portrait))
Duration: 20 min.
Commissioned by Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
First performance by Orfeus Chamber Orchestra — 16 Nov 02. Krakow, Poland
Notation program: Finale 2000.
Each part contains 2 pages of performance directions.
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