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Affirmations : for bass recorder and marimba

by Paul Cutlan (2014, this version: 2016)

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Performance by Duo Blockstix from the CD Duo Blockstix.

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Work Overview

The original version of Affirmations was scored for bass recorder, cello with electronic effects and didgeridoo. It was commissioned by the Aurora Festival, with my aim being to write a positive piece with strong rhythmic groove. The title Affirmations refers to the way the musical material develops: melodic and rhythmic gestures tend to reinforce the forward momentum, rather than set up conflict. At regular intervals, a chant-like melody is revealed by degrees, with the complete tune being played before the final climax. The bass recorder takes on several guises, including Irish fife, Indian flute and exotic bird! The marimba has its work cut out, maintaining a sense of the drone and rhythm which the didgeridoo originally supplied, as well as melodic passages and harmonies which were the domain of the cello.

Work Details

Year: 2014, this version: 2016

Instrumentation: Bass recorder (amplified), marimba.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Irregular groupings within 4/4; 4 against 3

First performance: by Duo Blockstix at Duo Blockstix (Wesley Music Centre) on 15 Jun 2017

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Minimalism, Indian music, Ross Edwards, Irish folk music, Organum, Modality, Indigenous music, Improvisation, Drone.

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17 Jun 2017: at Duo Blockstix (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room). Featuring Duo Blockstix.

15 Jun 2017: at Duo Blockstix (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Duo Blockstix.

1 May 2014: at Ecstatic Dances (Blacktown Arts Centre). Featuring Alicia Crossley, Mark Atkins, Oliver Miller.

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