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Sheet Music: Score

Affirmations / Paul Cutlan.

by Paul Cutlan (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: Bass recorder, cello with effects, didjeridu.
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The original version of Affirmations was scored for bass recorder, cello with electronic effects and didgeridoo. It was commissioned by the Aurora Festival, with my aim being to write a positive piece with strong rhythmic groove. The title Affirmations refers to the way the musical material develops: melodic and rhythmic gestures tend to reinforce the forward momentum, rather than set up conflict. At regular intervals, a chant-like melody is revealed by degrees, with the complete tune being played before the final climax. The bass recorder takes on several guises, including Irish fife, Indian flute and exotic bird! The marimba has its work cut out, maintaining a sense of the drone and rhythm which the didgeridoo originally supplied, as well as melodic passages and harmonies which were the domain of the cello.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (18p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmic detail, passage work, multiphonics for recorder, ensemble coordination including reliance on didgeridoo providing an underlying pulse.

Duration: 12 min.

Commission info: Commissioned by Aurora Festival with funds provided by APRA, Blacktown Arts Centre.

First performance by Alicia Crossley, Mark Atkins, Oliver Miller at Ecstatic Dances (Blacktown Arts Centre) on 1 May 2014

Includes performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Minimalism, Indian music, Ross Edwards, Irish folk music, Organum, Modality, Indigenous music, Improvisation, Drone.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720149-93-6

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