woodthrow, yet whispering caress (trios: shakuhachi, marimba, cello)
by Robert Douglas (2011)
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Library shelf no. Q 785.5813/DOU 1 [Available for loan]
The term 'woodthrow' refers to a tree felled by the wind, usually during a storm. Imagine an instrument-maker who comes across the huge trunk stretched out on the floor of the forest. She cuts a selected section, takes it back to her workshop and makes a musical instrument.
When this instrument is played, the wood in it causes a column of air to vibrate, resulting in sound.
Thus the cycle of cause and effect is complete. The extreme violence of the gust of air which uprooted a huge tree is answered by the most fragile sympathetic caressing of a body of air in a musical instrument - in the case of this piece, each instrument is a differing example of ways to use wood to excite an associated body of air.
Instrumentation: Shakuhachi, cello, marimba (5 octave).
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — rhythmic complexity of cello and marimba parts
A work for combination of eastern and western instrumentation.
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