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Cadenza II

Sheet Music: Score

Cadenza II : for solo cello / Peter McNamara.

by Peter McNamara (2012)

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  • Library Availability: 787.4/MCN 1 — Reference (not for loan) copy only
  • Instrumentation: Solo cello.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Julia Ryder from the CD Sideband.


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Cadenza II is a work for solo cello where the main feature is an emphasis on extreme virtuosity, particularly independent and simultaneous techniques for the performer's left and right hands.

The first section uses free time-space rhythm and focuses on various left hand pizzicato techniques simultaneously with independent circular and col legno bowing. Left hand pizzicato harmonics are a particular innovative technique featured in this section, and are almost never employed for the instrument. The circular bowing has a very electric sound and is continually speeding-up and slowing-down, creating a very meditative background to the short and sharp pizzicato effects.

The second section is very rhythmic, and uses a repeated-note background that is transformed by different bowing positions. The foreground over this is also often left hand pizzicato, but also bowed pitches and harmonics. Added innovation in this section is the use of cross-rhythm effects between the left hand pizzicato and arco material, as well as metric modulations that are used to transition between the increasingly faster rhythmic sub-sections.

The work culminates in a climax based on rapid, indeterminate gestures where the performer improvises using a specified rhythm and pitch range only. There is then a short coda section where the work's previous material repeats briefly, but in reverse.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720133 23 2] — 1 score (6p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Independent parts for the left and right hand

Duration: 8 mins, 30 sec.

Commission info: Commissioned by John Addison and Ursula Caporali for the "Six Artists Seeking a Composer" Project

First performance by Julia Ryder at Six performers seeking a composer (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 26 Oct 2012

Includes performance instructions and biographical notes on the composer.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979 0 720133 23 2

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This work is also available in the following products:

CD: Sideband.


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