I am like a heron : a setting of the poem by Peter Bamford
by Ron Nagorcka (2000, this version: 2015)
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I am like a heron : for basso profondo & MIDI keyboard (controlling audio software) in just intonation / a setting by Ron Nagorcka, of a poem by Peter Bamford.
Library shelf no. 783.8954/NAG 1 [Available for loan]
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Year: 2000, this version: 2015
Instrumentation: Basso profondo accompanied by a MIDI keyboard controlling audio software.Any 5 octave (61 note) MIDI keyboard and any reasonable audio software can be used.
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Very low - down to B. Rhythmically tricky - probably easier for the singer to accompany himself
Dedication note: For Sarah Lloyd
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Microtonal music in general. Just intonation.
This piece (a rewrite of a piece for choir and keyboard from 2000) is written using a 24 tone/octave scale of my own invention in the ancient system known as just intonation. This provides me with rich new harmonies. It is not a complicated piece but the rhythm does move around between 5/4, 5/8 and 5/16 to reflect the jerky movements of a heron. As a singer I have found that the strange tuning does not bother me at all, and it is fun to sing.
Performances of this work
25 Apr 15: Composer's studio, Black Sugarloaf Tasmania. Featuring Ron Nagorcka.
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