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Sheet Music: Score

Precambrian : for cello duo / Anthony Lyons.

by Anthony Lyons (2010)


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The title and broad inspiration for the work are taken from the name Precambrian which is a term that is sometimes used to describe the period of Earth's history from the origin of the planet until about 540 million years ago - a period that represents nearly ninety percent of geological time. The oldest known Precambrian rocks have been dated to about 3,800 million years old, and the earliest living organisms date from the latter part of the eon.

Although the work doesn't attempt to be strictly programmatic, the name Precambrian did inspire a number of musical impressions, textures, colours and contrasting energies that might be possible with two cellos. The work is in five movements with frequent shifts in register and contrasts between rhythmic and slower sustained sounds. Textural, angular and dissonant at times, there are calm and lyrical moments of repose in the music also.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (20p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 20 mins

First performance by Alister Barker, Ong Chien-Hsiu — 21 Oct 10. Live-to-air broadcast concert on Melbourne radio station 3MBS

Includes program note and performance notes.

Composer's no: AL 044

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720156-50-7

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