Sheet Music: Score
The arrows of Saint Sebastian II : for bass clarinet, cello and pre-recorded tape / Jennifer Fowler.
by Jennifer Fowler (1981)
The Arrows of Saint Sebastian II begins as a monody - a single line modified only by the fact that some notes linger on. The monody is divided up between the instruments. Each note is both a thing-in-itself - as intense as an arrow which arrives cleanly with a slight accent - and also a part of a phrase, leading smoothly and intensely to the next note of the phrase. Each phrase is also the flight of an arrow: gathering momentum and losing it gradually.
Some of the notes (arrows) strike home and cause a lingering pulsation or gradual dying away. As the piece gains momentum, the texture becomes more complex, and also more active, with shorter note values.
The initial idea of the piece was prompted by a very disturbing dream about the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, and the emphasis on momentum, rising to a climax and dying away, (as used in each note, each pulsation, each phrase, and the piece as a whole) is meant to convey a disturbing and unsettling intensity.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (29p. -- A3 (landscape))
Duration: 17 min.
This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.
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