Sheet Music: Score
Porfyrius' shuffle : a circle for solo piano / Damien Ricketson.
by Damien Ricketson (2006)
In the fourth century A.D. Optatianus Porfyrius penned together a poem, Carmen XXV. The poem is striking. Carmen XXV is written so that four out of every five words in each line may be 'shuffled' to create a new variation of that line. The content is self-reflective. It tells of 'dysharmonic junctions', 'uneven meters', 'rough tones' and 'confused words' that 'torment the singer'. The poem has over a billion possible variations.
Porfyrius' Shuffle also exhibits a multitude of possible forms. The musical material is a short but infinite loop from which the pianist chooses a starting point. A second loop, of differing length, describes an expressive path from which the pianist also chooses a starting point. The expressive loop is overlaid with the musical loop so as to guide decisions such as speed, volume and emotive character. Porfyrius' Shuffle is the first of a series of solo etudes that explore attributes of the infinite.
Published by: Curious Noise — 1 score (21p. -- A4 (landscape))
Duration: 7 min.
First performance by Naomi Edemariam — 8 Mar 06. Ralston Recital Hall, Banff, Canada
Includes program note and performance instructions.
The first 10 leaves are transparencies.
The musical material is a short but infinite loop from which the pianist chooses a starting point.
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