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Sheet Music: Score

Strata : revised Topology version / Robert Davidson

by Robert Davidson (1989)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone, violin, viola, double bass, piano
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    Performance by Patricia Pollett, Philippa Robinson, Andrew Shetliffe, Carson Dron from the CD Crimson songs

    (this sample is of the Quartets: Clarinet, piano, viola, cello version of this work)


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Strata is in three movements, fast, slow and fast. Each of the movements treats music as a kind of layer cake, with several strands composed from the bass upwards (which is perhaps not surprising from a composer who is also a bass player). As the bass repeats, it is varied, turned upside down, and combined with an ever-changing array of upper parts, which intertwine with each other and engage in hockets (the word means "hiccup" and is a medieval technique by which a melody is divided between several performers to give a "hiccup" effect). In the slow movement, the harp plays constant regular pulses in cycles which shorten with each repetition, creating a gamelan-tinged texture with long meandering melodies in the winds and strings.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (36p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Changing metres, some challenging piano passages

Duration: 13 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Kylie Davidson

First performance by Topology — 1997. St Mary's Catholic Church, Brisbane

Influences on this work include: postminimalism, counterpoint

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2010.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-777-3

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