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line is a dot that went for a walk

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a line is a dot that went for a walk : for solo percussion [eScore] / Tristan Coelho.

by Tristan Coelho (2018)

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  • Instrumentation: Percussion (1 player: vibraphone, low tom, bongo, suspended finger cymbal, two singing bowls (preferably pitched C4, F4), prepared mallet with chain).
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This piece is inspired by a quote from artist Paul Klee which is also the work's title: "A line is a dot that went for a walk." I just found the idea so playful and immediately appealing from a musical perspective. Straight away I had a mental image of an artist hesitantly starting in one corner of a large canvas, carefully placing multi-coloured dots which over time give way to sweeping lines and later form bold and blocky patches of colour. The piece, in two movements, also brings together two more general approaches which include a meditative and spacious style of music linked with nature as well as groove/loop-based approaches working with ideas of glitch and 'hard cuts' between ideas which are aligned with technology. In addition, my work is a nod to the classic vibraphone solo, Omar, by Italian composer Franco Donatoni.

a line is a dot that went for a walk was commissioned by Ensemble Offspring with the generous support of Baiba Berzins to whom the work is dedicated. The first movement was especially written for and performed at an event to celebrate Baiba's birthday in 2017.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (17p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 15 min.

Dedicated to Baiba Berzens, Claire Edwardes

Commissioned by Baiba Berzens.

First performance by Claire Edwardes at Spectral Tech (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 29 Sep 2018

Includes program note and performance notes.

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This edition produced 20 Mar 19.

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