Sheet Music: Score
Face of nature : for soprano and ensemble / by Elliott Gyger ; text from 'The Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin
by Elliott Gyger (2009)
The opening movement of The Origin Cycle, setting words from Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. When the natural world is viewed at a distance, it appears orderly, bountiful and even harmonious; but this order and balance is the composite result of countless acts of violence and destruction - like a "yielding surface, with ten thousand sharp wedges packed close together". My musical setting attempts to create an analogous musical metaphor, in a texture which appears to shift perspective between sonorous lushness and percussive, pointillist fragmentation.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (43p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 8 mins
Includes performance notes and the text.
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