There the dance is : for Taegum and wine glasses
by Clare Maclean (2017)
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Library shelf no. 785.5612/MAC 1 [Available for loan]
The title of this piece refers to a phrase from T.S. Elliott's 'Burnt Norton:' 'At the still point, there the dance is.' This idea has resonances in many spiritual traditions, and in this work Korean and Western traditions are drawn upon. A plainchant Sanctus (XI) forms a loose cantus firmus, and a short falling motif from the Korean Salpuri dance recurs throughout. A still point is embodied in the held notes, and as the melody weaves around them, tonal centres come in and out of focus, hinting at stillness behind the flux.
Instrumentation: Taegum, wine glasses.
Duration: 7 min.
Written for: Hyelim Kim
The taegum part is playable by flute (changing low Bbs to Ds or Cs, or with a Bb foot joint) and the wine glasses could be substituted by violin or vibraphone (no motor, pedal down), or omitted altogether.
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