Chimes, fractured : chamber ensemble
by Jennifer Fowler (1971)
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Chimes, fractured : for 8 woodwind, 6 percussion players, organ & 1 set of bagpipes / by Jennifer Fowler.
Library shelf no. Q 785.3619/FOW 1 [Available for loan]
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Chimes, Fractured is based on the interactions of
independent, strongly flavoured instrumental sounds.
The idea arose during a visit to the Roman Catholic Liverpool Cathedral, where, inside the building an organist was practising; outside a skirl of bagpipes was adding colour to a Scottish wedding; and enveloping all these was the sound of bells. When standing in a position where these intersected in a balanced way, one could hear the independent strands breaking into, and fracturing each other; creating something new and different from the simple addition of several parts.
Chimes, Fractured does not attempt to recapture that chance experience. Rather, it explores some of the possibilities resulting from the combination of these distinctive elements, in a more deliberately structured way.
The ABC recording was taken to the International Rostrum of Composers, by the ABC in May 1972. It achieved the best result up to then by an Australian composer.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons (1 doubling contrabassoon), 6 percussionists (timpani, glockenspiel, vibraphone, tubular bells, antique cymbals, side drum), organ, bagpipes.
Duration: 9 min.
The ABC took their recording of this piece to the International Rostrum of Composers, Paris, 1972.
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