Chime : for solo piano
by Katherine Rawlings (2006)
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Library shelf no. CD 1729 [Available for loan]
Chime was initially conceived around a rigid structure
of number combinations using the numbers. Using number
combinations in the construction of music is uncommon in my work.
I was curious to explore the effect of combining irregular (less
commonly used) note lengths with regular bar lengths. (In this
case the irregular note lengths 1, 3, 5, 7 combine into a regular
bar length containing 16 quavers or 8 pulses in a bar). Once I
established the strict structure of the music, I then modified it
to bring a more personalised and less robotic feel to the rhythm
In te revised 2014 edition of Chime, the rhythm is doubled so that each note is twice as long, but the speed is also twice as fast so that it should sound the same as the 2006 edition. It was originally written in 16/8 with all notes occurring on one line, but in this edition it is written in 4/4 time, with notes separated into left and right hand staves. This was all done to simplify the readability of the music. A few changes have also been made to the harmony.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 7.
First performance: by Lindsay Gilroy — 10 Feb 06. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Work revised 2014
Performances of this work
10 Feb 06: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Lindsay Gilroy.
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