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There the dance is : for Taegum and wine glasses

by Clare Maclean (2017)

There the dance is

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There the dance is : for Taegum and wine glasses / Clare Maclean.

Library shelf no. 785.5612/MAC 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Taegum, wine glasses.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Hyelim Kim

First performance: by Hyelim Kim, Claire Edwardes at Traditional Noise & Contemporary Spirit Concert (Playhouse, University of Western Sydney, Penrith Campus) on 11 Aug 2017

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.

Performances of this work

11 Aug 2017: at Traditional Noise & Contemporary Spirit Concert (Playhouse, University of Western Sydney, Penrith Campus). Featuring Hyelim Kim, Claire Edwardes.

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