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Pulse • Heart • Beat : for mixed septet

by Paul Stanhope (1998, this version: 2005)

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performed by Sonic Art Ensemble
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Work Overview

Pulse • Heart • Beat is a short, exhuberant work for chamber orchestra or mixed instrumental ensemble that explores the notions of pulse manifesting as both pitch and rhythm.

The piece opens like a machine snorting and grunting and eventually kicking in. After the initial dark texture with machine-like low pulses and high unison lines, the piece gradually rises in register, letting in
more light through a series of process-driven episodes. Once the piece reaches its highest register, a new section begins, which sounds not dissimilar to a CD player with a skipping problem or a bass guitar riff gone mad. Here a flamboyant Jimi Hendrix inspired violin solo takes over, hurtling the piece back towards the unison texture of the opening material.

Work Details

Year: 1998, this version: 2005

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet, bass clarinet (doubling clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Sonic Art Ensemble — Jul 05. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Originally titled Throb, and later Throbbing.

Revised and re-titled in 2015. Previous version had the title 'Throbbing'.

Originally composed for the Brisbane quartet Perihelion. It has been considerably revised and 're-mixed' in this version.


Performances of this work

26 Mar 2016: at Four Winds: Sound Shell Saturday (Four Winds Sound Shell).

12 Jan 11: National Music Camp All Stars (Australian Youth Orchestra), Adelaide. Featuring Edwin Outwater.

10 Sep 2010: at Throbbing (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Modern Music Ensemble, Sydney Conservatorium, Anthony Clarke.

17 Aug 05: Bangalow Festival, Bangalow, NSW. Featuring Collusion.

Jul 05: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Sonic Art Ensemble.

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