Sheet Music: Score
dark nebulae : for saxophone quartet / Lachlan Skipworth.
by Lachlan Skipworth (2010)
Dark nebulae are vast clouds of atomic dust found in the far
reaches of outer space, their density blocking even light from
passing through. This piece evokes the physical sensation of
these colossal masses as they drift about, slowly twisting,
stretching and colliding with each other. To do this, each
saxophone plays almost exclusively multiphonics, whereby using an
unconventional fingering - a thick and complex chord of several
pitches at the same time is created. From eerie glowing
consonances to grating dissonances, these multiphonics are
layered and overlapped throughout the piece. Through the
interplay between chords, one can hear wisps of translucent cloud
strands, shrouded shapes moving imperceptibly, and surges of
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (7p. -- B4 (portrait))
Duration: 10 mins
Dedicated to Jörg Widmann
First performance by Klanglos (Musical group) — 11 Jun 11. Basel Hochschule fur Musik, Switzerland
Includes programme note and performance notes.
With many thanks to Andrew Smith for assistance with saxophone multiphonics.
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