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When we speak (cello with pre-recorded sound)

by Lisa Cheney (2016)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

When We Speak for solo cello and electroacoustic track seeks to comment on broader issues surrounding gender inequality and these considerations on my compositional practice. Throughout the work the interweaving of many 'voices' is present in: my own musical language, the music and speech of respected Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, the expression of the live cellist and their own literal voice. This, at times semi-improvised cello part, weaves its way through an atmospheric soundscape challenging and questioning the role of the live musician to blend in, fight against or rise above the sound world. The accompanying recorded musical sounds are extracted from Saariaho's own compositions, with special weight placed upon manipulated excerpts from the solo cello work Sept Papillons.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Solo cello, fixed electroacoustic track (requires a stopwatch/phone or app to assist with time keeping).

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Includes improvised 'musical response' passages based on given musical material.

Commission note: Commissioned by Samantha Wolf.. Commissioned for the ‘This Will Be Our Reply’ 2016 International Women’s day Concert.

First performance: by Gemma Tomlinson — 6 Mar 16. Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, VIC

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When we speak
 

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Performances of this work

9 Sep 2017: at She Speaks: Voice of Home (National Gallery of Victoria - The Ian Potter Centre).

6 Mar 16: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, VIC. Featuring Gemma Tomlinson.

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