Sheet Music: Score
Distorted waters : for alto flute and violoncello / Peter McNamara.
by Peter McNamara (2007)
The work's title has a double meaning and refers to how various aural tricks are played on the listener as well as the state of water shortage in Australia at the time when the work was written. The listener's aural expectations are frequently distorted by taking advantage of the like timbres between the Alto Flute and Cello such as harmonics, and often avoiding the registers of each instrument that posses distinctive tone colours. This results in the listener not knowing for sure which instrument is playing what. The concept of expecting something that is not actually a reality also relates to Australia's water situation as we can no longer expect to use water in the same way we always have.
Distorted Waters has a sense of timelessness, and is divided into various events or gestures that are allocated a vague length in seconds rather than any rhythm. This also adds to the distorted expectations as the flow of the work is very unpredictable and has very few climaxes. The pitch material used is also very vague, with much of the work focusing on tone colours and various colouristic effects rather than pitch.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (4p. -- A3 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — The entire work is unmeasured and requires extensive coordination between the two performers
Duration: 11 mins
Please note: There are no parts, two copies of the score are required for live performance.
Includes programme note, and performance instructions.
Selected for performance at the 2009 Gaudeamus Music Week.
This edition produced 14 May 11.
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