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Sheet Music: Score

Panopticon : for marimba, vibes, piano, bass and improvising instruments / David Chesworth.

by David Chesworth (1979)

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  • Instrumentation: Marimba, vibraphone, piano, bass guitar and optional improvising instruments.
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    Performance by David Chesworth Ensemble from the CD Music to see through


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Panopticon was sketched out in my final year of undergraduate study at Latrobe University in 1979. Up to that point I had been exposed to a lot of music by experimental composers and the American minimalists but was now getting a sobering dose of late modernism via the European serialists. We had been studying Allen Forte's set theory in class which provided a way of analyzing non-tonal music by grouping notes which shared certain relationships into pitch class sets. I decided to apply his analytical ideas to the creation of a piece of music. When I'd sketched the piece out, I discovered that I had written music that made great use of fourths, fifths and octaves. This was quite different to the musical language we were studying at the time, which avoided consonant intervals like the plague and instead made great use of the more dissonant tritone and minor ninth intervals.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins

First performance by David Chesworth Ensemble — 1994. The Continental Cafe, Melbourne

Includes programme and performance notes by composer. Score consists of part for each player.

Winner of Australian Music Centre/APRA Instrumental Work of the Year Award 2006.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

This edition produced 2009.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-427-7

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Music to see through
CD: Music to see through / music by David Chesworth ; performed and enhanced by David Chesworth Ensemble.


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Analysis & Media

- Program note: David Chesworth's "Panopticon"

- Full Work [Audio]: David Chesworth's "Sport + Panopticon"

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