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Kōan I

Sheet Music: Score

Kōan I : for flute, clarinet, violin and cello / James Cuddeford.

by James Cuddeford (2010)


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A kōan is a paradoxical statement or ambiguous riddle used by some Zen practitioners to aid meditation and bypass normal intellectual thought processes. My series of works with this title are reflections upon self-constructed, enigmatic, musical kōans that provide stimulus in the compositional process. Kōan I is composed, like most of my music, on spiralling rows of harmonics. It reflects upon, perhaps unattainable, kōans regarding the search for purity of intonation and sustainability of phrasing.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (5p. -- A3 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 min.

Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.

First performance by Ensemble Offspring — 27 Aug 10. Soundstream New Music Festival, ABC Studios, Adelaide

Includes performance directions and programme notes.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-109-7

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