In gentleness and suddenness : for shakuhachi
by Bruce Crossman (2003)
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My purpose in writing this piece was to create a work for my
colleague and friend-Jim
Franklin-that captured both stillness and explosive colour moments. Shakuhachi sounds
emerging from my colleague's next door office suggested an approach of a rich timbre
palette of sounds "inside" the note. What eventuates in my music is an exploration of
timbres inside and outside the note. This takes place via vibrato, gurgles, microtonal
builds and acciaccatura pants. These colour moments are contained within a triptych
structure. It moves from gentle and explosive breath sounds through to a climactic middle
section emphasizing acciaccatura pants and high tessitura sounds. The music returns to the
opening blues scale and panting effects quietening into silence. This form-its beginnings
and momentary climaxes-are articulated by the gentle breathing and explosive attacks.
Duration: 5 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Jim Franklin
First performance: by Jim Franklin — 21 Jul 06. Inaugural Pan- European Shakuhachi Summer School with Koto and Shamisen, Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS, University of London
Performances of this work
11 Oct 2012: at Japanese Shihan Principles & Australian Electroacoustic Composition (The Playhouse, WSU Penrith). Featuring Jim Franklin.
21 Jul 06: Inaugural Pan- European Shakuhachi Summer School with Koto and Shamisen, Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS, University of London. Featuring Jim Franklin.
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