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Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Living : for bass clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass / Paul Cutlan.

by Paul Cutlan (1991)

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  • Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.
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    Performance by Paul Cutlan String Project from the CD Living

    (this sample is of the Septets: Percussion, string, woodwind version of this work)


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In 1991, I participated in some creative rhythm workshops led by master drummer David Jones. I was fascinated by the technique of dividing odd numbers of beats like 5 or 7, by 2, 3 or 4.

On the train home from one of these workshops, I jotted down a short tune using the 5 divided into 4 feel and called it Living. The arrangement for this album gave me a chance to score some of those concepts for strings with the bass clarinet dancing around their polyrhythms. An energetic solo from Brett Hirst leads to a trade of ideas between the subsets of the group before the final truncated statement of the theme.

2 versions of this arrangement exist: one with percussion and one without.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 6 performance parts (29p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmic (4 against 5 groove). Improvisation required of bass clarinet and double bass.

Duration: 5 min.

First performance by Paul Cutlan String Project at Paul Cutlan String Project ‘Living’ Album Launch (Old 505 Theatre) on 3 Nov 2020

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This edition produced 2020.

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Score: Living : for bass clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass / Paul Cutlan.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Septets: Percussion, string, woodwind


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