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Circles in life

Sheet Music: Score

Circles in life : jazz orchestra / Nadia Burgess.

by Nadia Burgess (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, baritone saxophone, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass trombone, guitar, piano, double bass, drums. Includes alto, tenor and guitar solos.
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    Performance by Divergence Jazz Orchestra, Jenna Cave from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 35.


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Circles in Life is about birth, life and death; one generation dying out and a new one carrying on; daily routines and rituals; travelling to and from the same places; re-visiting places and so on.
Much inspiration for this composition has come from The First Circle (1984) by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays which begins with the handclapping of rhythmic patterns like in Part 1 of Tehillim (1981) by minimalist composer Steve Reich. In The First Circle Metheny and Mays maintain and develop the rhythmic patterns throughout the piece. Circles in Life is based on the opening 12/8 guitar rhythmic pattern from The First Circle and several sub-divisions thereof.
In Circles in Life the fusion of contemporary art music, jazz, traditional African music and natural sounds from Africa is forged into a classical structure, Sonata form. There is an introduction, an Exposition with two subjects or themes, a Development section which consists of improvised solos based on the cyclic chord progressions from the two themes, a Recapitulation and a Coda.
Compositional techniques used to portray circular effects are ostinato patterns, major chords becoming minor and vice versa, straight quavers being swung, ascending and descending lines, undulating and oscillating effects, and so on.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (59p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 mins

Dedication note: Dedicated to Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays

First performance by Divergence Jazz Orchestra, Jenna Cave at Sydney Conservatorium of Music Presents: Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey (Seymour Centre) on 25 Jul 2013

Includes program notes.

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This edition produced Dec 15.

ISMN: 979-0-720138-22-0

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