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dark nebulae

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dark nebulae : for saxophone quartet / Lachlan Skipworth.

by Lachlan Skipworth (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Saxophone quartet (AATB).
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    Performance by Nexas Saxophone Quartet from the CD Current


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Dark nebulae are vast clouds of atomic dust found in the far reaches of outer space, their density blocking even light from passing through. This piece evokes the physical sensation of these colossal masses as they drift about, slowly twisting, stretching and colliding with each other. To do this, each saxophone plays almost exclusively multiphonics, whereby using an unconventional fingering - a thick and complex chord of several pitches at the same time is created. From eerie glowing consonances to grating dissonances, these multiphonics are layered and overlapped throughout the piece. Through the interplay between chords, one can hear wisps of translucent cloud strands, shrouded shapes moving imperceptibly, and surges of impenetrable

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (7p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins

Dedicated to Jörg Widmann

First performance by Klanglos (Musical group) — 11 Jun 11. Basel Hochschule fur Musik, Switzerland

Includes programme note and performance notes.

With many thanks to Andrew Smith for assistance with saxophone multiphonics.

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ISMN: 979-0-720117-22-5

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