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the night sky fall : for clarinet, cello and piano

by Lachlan Skipworth (2011)

Work Overview

Within the perfect unity of the sky above, it is the irregular patterns in stars that bring me a sense of mystique. Seeking to create a similar disordered but cohesive sound world, I allowed a degree of chance into my work for the first time. A random number series governs the length and density of the falling piano arpeggios that give the piece its name. Overlayed in a way that avoids a regular rhythm, the arpeggios gradually descend into a lower range. From individual piano notes, melodic material emerges in the clarinet and in natural harmonics in the cello. These melodic lines take on their own character as they deviate further from the piano, reaching up as the arpeggios sink deeper. The aural effect could be that of the stars falling slowly around us, or perhaps floating by as we ourselves rise up and leave the earth behind.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, cello, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Composed for Chronology Arts' "Day & Night" concert as part of the Utzon Music Series

First performance: by chronology arts ensemble, Lachlan Skipworth — 25 Sep 11. Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

Performances of this work

14 Dec 2016: at Darkened Descent by Intercurrent (Studio Underground). Featuring Ashley William Smith, Louise Devenish, Emily Green-Armytage.

18 Oct 2012: at Lunchtime concert series (Octagon Theatre).

25 Sep 11: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. Featuring chronology arts ensemble, Lachlan Skipworth.

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