Sheet Music: Score
Chinese whisper : for mixed string ensemble, 12 players / Damien Ricketson.
by Damien Ricketson (2000)
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.
Commissioned by Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
First performance by Orfeus Chamber Orchestra — 16 Nov 02. Krakow, Poland
The work exists in two versions. This version completed in 2002.
In 12 movements.
Includes programme note and performance directions.
Copyright held by Damien Ricketson.
Winner of an Ian Potter Music Commission 1999 (original version) and Lady Panufnik Award 2000, Poland (this version) -- Composer's note.
Written for the Australian Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with the inaugural Ian Potter Music Commission" -- p. [i]
This version first performed by the Orfeus Chamber Orchestra, Krakow, Poland, 16 November 2002 -- Composer's note.
Notation program: Finale 2000.
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