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Chinese whisper

Sheet Music: Score

Chinese whisper : for mixed string ensemble, 11 players / Damien Ricketson.

by Damien Ricketson (2000)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo electric 6-string violin, string quartet (2 violins, viola, violoncello), muted sextet (2 violins, 2 violas, violoncello, double bass).
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    Performance by Orfeus Chamber Orchestra from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 35.

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The Chinese Whisper ensemble of twelve string players is divided into three smaller ensembles; an amplified violin and cello duo, a string quartet, and a permanently muted sextet. The three ensembles are considered different characters, each with a unique musical heritage. The muted sextet (tuned a quarter-tone flat) is termed 'shadow' and is imagined as an almost forgotten folk music. The string quartet, termed 'image', is the most reminiscent of a mainstay classical-music language. The amplified duo ('silhouette') is imagined as an outline of something to come, a truly unique musical language. The three characters begin the piece with distinctive stylistic predilections, as though three individuals with uncommon life- stories suddenly find themselves having to engage with one another. The work subsequently unfolds as twelve miniature movements, each movement being a conceptual reiteration of the previous. Like the children's game 'Chinese whispers', however, with each repetition a process of distortion occurs. As the story is repeated and passed around the three characters, they gradually transform from individual entities with distinct languages towards a common amorphous whole.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (72p. -- A3 (portrait))

Duration: 20 min.

Includes programme and performance notes.

Winner of an Ian Potter Music Commission 1999. (Lodged by the Ian Potter Foundation).

"Written for the Australian Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with the inaugural Ian Potter Music Commission" -- p.[i]

Computer-notated score.

Typeset edition.

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- Large chamber ensembles


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