No mortal air (Full fathom five) : for vocal sextet
by Chris Williams (2016)
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No mortal air (Full fathom five) : for vocal sextet / Chris Williams ; text from William Shakespeare.
Library shelf no. 783.165542/WIL 1 [Available for loan]
No mortal air (Full fathom five) sets two of the
best-known texts from Shakespeare's The Tempest : 'the
isle is full of noises...' and 'Full fathom five'.
Three distinct types of music are used to imagine the world of the words and the drama of the play. The first type is angular, and uncanny, oscillating between two chords and the tonalities of F, A and D flat. It is the music of the island, music of magic, and the music of Caliban's torment. Caliban escapes this into his "dreaming" as the piece broadens and settles into a more stable diatonic, and pan-diatonic musical language. Finally 'Full Fathom Five' is a rhythmic, melodically simple, and energetic setting. It is both a vibrant and a hypnotic 'air'.
Instrumentation: Vocal Sextet (SSATBarB).
Duration: 6 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Hugh O'Keefe
This ideas for this work were originally sketched in 2010 for The Australian Voices, but were completed and reworked in 2016 for The Song Company
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