Where are the sounds of joy? : for trumpet (Bb), percussion & piano
by Bruce Crossman (2015)
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Where are the Sounds of Joy? takes its inspiration from Australian Gallipoli warrior, Billy Sing, and re-envisages his life through Kunqu-the mother form of Chinese opera. It reimagines the Gallipoli war from the Chinese perspective with the metaphor from Kunqu in Peony Pavilion, of a broken down garden as the site for dreaming of the ideal lover, used as a parallel of Gallipoli as broken down walls from which one dreams of escape. The work opens and closes with half-sung, half-breath sounds on trumpet alongside emergent 'broken' prepared-sounds on piano, and Mandarin whisperings, whilst pure percussion colours focus to war-like Peking opera gong bursts. A gentle section emerges centering the work with a subdued trumpet plunger tune, related to Kunqu melodic fragments; it sits amidst rich piano resonances, including silent-string evoked half-sounds, and eerie bowed crotales as an imagined dreaming of love. The work ends amidst half-resonances on piano and Mandarin whisperings-"shui jia yuan?" over the lingering Kunqu dream harmony.
Instrumentation: Trumpet in Bb, percussion (1 player), piano.
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Complex rhythmic detail and changing colour nuances
First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey, Tristram Williams, Peter Neville at Where Are the Sounds of Joy? Melbourne Composers League (Iwaki Auditorium) on 26 Sep 2015
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc on this work:
Chinese opera (Kunqu) and Qin musics, free jazz improvisation (Esbjörn Svensson Trio), Turkish Folk music, Filipino kulintang percussion music
Performances of this work
26 Sep 2015: at Where Are the Sounds of Joy? Melbourne Composers League (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Tristram Williams, Peter Neville.
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