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Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Animal : for SATB choir and ensemble (violin, cello, electronic keyboard, and percussion) with video / Daniel Portelli.

by Daniel Portelli (2015)

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  • Instrumentation: SATB choir, violin, cello, percussion (1 player), keyboard.


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Animal (2015) is a piece for choir, violin, cello, keyboard, vibraphone and video. The choir use a video scoring system, which is a sequence of words, phonetics, fricatives, and plosives fragments scrolling across the screen. The sequences are laid out across the four voices (S+A+T+B) and the choir vocalise the letters as they pass over a red line. The choir are also asked to vocalise video sequences with the instruction to vocalise the sounds they imagine the video would be making, much like a foley artist. It is a political work in which (hidden amongst other sounds) the choir are whispering interview excerpts from parents describing the mental state of their children living in Australian immigration detention centres.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 3 performance parts (46p. -- B4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 9 mins, 34 sec.

Commission info: Commissioned through the Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum

First performance by Warwick Stengards, Elizabeth Layton, Simon Cobcroft, Gabriella Smart, Andrew Penrose, Adelaide Philharmonic Choir — 16 Apr 15. Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum, University of South Australia

Parts for ensemble only.

Piano part is a copy of the full score.

The choir video score can be accessed via http://danielportelli.com.au/choirandensemble.

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