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Not broken bruised-reed

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Not broken bruised-reed : for violin, percussion and piano / Bruce Crossman.

by Bruce Crossman (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano, percussion (1 player), violin.
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    Performance by Claire Edwardes, James Cuddeford, Zubin Kanga from the CD Creative explosion


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The Judaic-Christian idea of not breaking a bruised-reed or snuffing out light but
instead allowing it to flourish is the basis behind this composition. The heart of
the sounds draw on the poignancy of the Korean kyemyŸnjo scale a s the basis
for the Pansori-like-traditional speech-song form-as a type of bruised
utterance that emerges from noise to flower in lyricism. Its chromatic-tinged
wholetones from the basis of layered harmonic resonances which wrestle with
jazz-influenced sections based on extemporizations on Korean changgo rhythm.
The rhythmic and harmonic complexity is matched by resonating metals from
luminous Filipino kulintang gong-chimes, soft Korean ching drones and strident
k'kwaenggwari accelerations. A controlled extemporization for the players
emerges at the work's centre culminating in the instrumentalists' vocalized cry
"a-p'u-ji a-na." A late flowering of the earlier Korean modal resonances returns
and then rests within the quiet living colours of prepared piano vibrations,
whistling, ching glissando, and breath.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720101 99 6] — 1 score (17p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins

First performance at Creative Explosion 2: East and West Confluences (The Playhouse, WSU Penrith) on 22 Oct 2009

Includes program notes and performance notes.

Written for the Creative Explosion 2: East and West Confluences concert at the Creative Explosion Festival, University of Western Sydney on 22 October 2009 with the performers James Cuddeford
(violin), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Zubin Kanga (piano).

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 19 Apr 10.

ISMN: 979 0 720101 99 6

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