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Threaded stars 2 : for solo harp

by Jennifer Fowler (1983, this version: 2006)

Also known as: Threaded stars

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Performance by Marshall McGuire from the CD Awakening

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Awakening / Marshall McGuire.

Library shelf no. CD 298 [Available for loan]

Threaded stars 2


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Threaded stars 2 : for solo harp / Jennifer Fowler

Library shelf no. 787.95/FOW 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This piece for solo harp was composed in 1983 and revised under the title Threaded stars 2 in 2006. It is limited to a single stream of notes - the piece is almost entirely monophonic (one note at a time). The stream of notes etches out a characteristic pattern: a cluster of notes which revolves around a central note; a kind of "star" pattern in which the central note exerts a gravitational pull on the surrounding notes. Leading from one "star" pattern to another are episodes with a strong sense of direction, or line. The line pulls the stream of notes upwards or downwards until encountering another star pattern.

There is also a constant change of pace: the impetus which propels the movement is constantly getting faster or getting slower.

Work Details

Year: 1983, this version: 2006

Instrumentation: Harp.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Satu Salo — 22 Mar 90. Purcell Room, London UK


Program note: Jennifer Fowler's "Threaded Stars 2"
by Jennifer Fowler
Source: the score of this work

Performances of this work

17 Jul 2016: at Her Beauty and Her Terror - Resonance Music Series (Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre (BACC), Brighton Town Hall). Featuring Jacinta Dennett.

28 Oct 93: University of Reading, UK. Featuring Satu Salo.

13 May 93: Royal College of Music, London UK. Featuring Marshall McGuire.

7 Mar 92: Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, NSW. Featuring Marshall McGuire, Symeron.

22 Mar 90: Purcell Room, London UK. Featuring Satu Salo.

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