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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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.
Year: 1998, this version: 2005
Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet, bass clarinet (doubling clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano.
Duration: 9 min.
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.
- Inspired by: Popular music
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.
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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