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Resonance of red : for sitār, tablā and harpsichord

by Bruce Crossman (2013)

Resonance of red


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Resonance of red : for sitār, tablā and harpsichord / Bruce Crossman.

Library shelf no. Q 785.3813/CRO 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Resonance of Red refers to the work's inspiration through multifaceted references to both Indian Bangāla Bhairava rāga and its hint of Chinese culture (the red association)-that underpins my Confucian-inspired living-colour aesthetic. The rāga has associations to the sensuous Bāngā-a female lutenist-and red similar to the China rose. The music's living-colour aesthetic embodies these musical associations: after a sharp start from harpsichord and tablā articulations, living-colours emerge in prepared and inside fingered strings on the keyboard instrument, bāyān drum hand slides, and subtle pitch vibrato coupled with chikāri plus sympathetic string resonances on sitār-that evolve into the Bangāla Bhairava rāga. The resonances of colour are intercut by jazzy interpolations on harpsichord and the remnants of traditional North Indian tablā patterns and vocalize (such as Moharā) that are all swept up into wild extemporization-inspired sitār lines. The form of the work moves from colour resonances to two central improvisatory-like frenetic climaxes-both framed by distilled colour sections-before returning to the quiet opening red rāga resonances.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Sitār, tablā (tablā [dāhinā] and bāyān), harpsichord.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Complex rhythmic detail and changing colour nuances

Dedication note: Dedicated to Vive’ Vinçent

Commission note: Commissioned by Vive’ Vinçent for performance at the interdisciplinary event SLOW, Toronto, Canada, November 2014 and Paris, France 2015.

First performance: Nov 14. SLOW, Toronto, Canada

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Chinese Confucian living-colour tones/resonance (Qin music), North Indian Sitār music (including Moharā tablā patterns and Bangāla Bhairava rāga), free form jazz

Performances of this work

Nov 14: SLOW, Toronto, Canada

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