Sheet Music: Score
Quicksilver elegy : for four instruments, in memoriam Elliott Carter / by Elliott Gyger.
by Elliott Gyger (2013)
The piece achieves a wide rhythmic variety without the use of a single triplet, quintuplet or other irregular grouping: apparent contrasts of speed are effected purely through different beat lengths at the same notated tempo. The temporal structure is based on the number 104, arranged as a Carterian structural polyrhythm of 13 x 8, while the pitch materials are derived from a cipher of Carter's name. All the possible subsets (solos, duos, trios) of the unusual instrumental quartet are explored in the work, which charts a whimsical course from energetic opening to reflective close; the periodic intrusion of silence is perhaps the most directly elegiac aspect of the music.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (16p. -- A4 (landscape))
Duration: 6 mins
Commissioned by Kay Zhang.
First performance by Quicksilver Ensemble — 15 Aug 13. Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
Includes performance notes and program note.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc on this work:
influenced by Elliott Carter
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