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Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Affirmations : for bass recorder and marimba / Paul Cutlan.

by Paul Cutlan (2016)

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  • Instrumentation: Bass recorder (amplified), marimba.
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    Performance by Duo Blockstix from the CD Duo Blockstix.


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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 set of 2 performance parts (19p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Irregular groupings within 4/4; 4 against 3

Duration: 11 min.

First performance by Duo Blockstix at Duo Blockstix (Wesley Music Centre) on 15 Jun 2017

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.

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Score: Affirmations : for bass recorder and marimba / Paul Cutlan.

Score [ePDF]: Affirmations : for bass recorder and marimba [eScore] / Paul Cutlan.

Duo Blockstix.
CD: Duo Blockstix. : works for percussion and recorder

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Trios: Recorder, didjeridu, cello


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- Video: Affirmations

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