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The clash of icicles against the stars (trios: keyboard, woodwind)

by Nirmali Fenn (2012)

Audio Sample

Performance by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble from the CD clash of icicles

clash of icicles


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The clash of icicles / composed by Nirmali Fenn ; performed by HKNME.

Library shelf no. CD 2512 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The premise underlying The Clash of Icicles Against the Stars is the Chinese concept of Qi. Qi means breath, air, or gas, and can be described as an energy-flow that provides the fundamental element of existence in life.

The piece explores the various 'air chambers' of each instrument, with the accordion compressing and expanding its chamber to manufacture sound, while the sheng, the oldest wind instrument in China and the ancestor of the accordion, uses reed vibration in contrast to the reedless flute, whose embouchure opening provides the basis for timbral experimentation.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Sheng, accordion, flute.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.


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