Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.


Sheet Music: Score

Merge/Emerge : for string quartet / Paul Cutlan.

by Paul Cutlan (2013)

  • Purchase Price: $29.59 (Usually ships in 2-5 business days) — Add to Cart
  • Library Availability: 785.714/CUT 1 — Available for loan
  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
  • Digital Library -- View full score online

    Not a member? Become a member online and access the Digital Library immediately
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by The NOISE from the CD Composed noise


Add to Cart

Usually ships in 2-5 business days

Shipping Info

Product details

One challenging aspect about composing a work for improvisers is that it feels 'unfinished' when it is complete - the composer has to approach the creation of the work with a trusting, collaborative outlook. In this case, I have the good fortune of being familiar with the styles and strengths of the group I am writing for. As such I have tried to imagine what each player's input may sound like and to create spaces and opportunities within the work which hopefully will excite their imaginations.

The title Merge/Emerge refers to the way the main melody slowly forms from a 'primordial soup' of pitch material, before dissolving again. The pitch material is initially presented in a sort of glacial chorale, which is slowly improvised by the quartet. When the main theme does emerge, it is cast in the mold of a lyrical, neo-classical melody, accompanied by a regular pulse. Some bizarrely jazzy secondary melodies, formed from the same 'soup', function as a foil to the earnest nature of the main theme. The concepts of rhythmic pulse and unmetered chorale texture provide fertile subject material for music which endeavours to traverse a wide spectrum between fully notated and practically fully improvised.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (18p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — Ability to improvise is necessary; ensemble coordination requires good knowledge of the score and agreement/awareness of how to cue each section

Duration: 15 mins

Commission info: Commissioned by The NOISE string quartet, for inclusion in their CD Composed NOISE.

First performance by The NOISE at Composed NOISE (Cell Block Theatre) on 8 Oct 2013

Includes program note and performance directions.

Important note regarding reporting of this work for royalty purposes: Each time this work is performed or broadcast, it must include a subtitle which denotes the ensemble performing it, as this effects who receives a share of the royalties. Royalties will be distributed according to the following formula: Paul Cutlan 60% Player 1 10% Player 2 10% Player 3 10% Player 4 10% In the case of The NOISE, the work is to be reported to collecting societies as Merge/Emerge The NOISE version. Each time a new ensemble performs or records the work, the ensemble should contact the composer to make sure all the performers are registered as the co-authors of their version according to the above formula, and this version will be registered as a seperate work for royalty purposes. Contact the composer via email or via the Australian Music Centre

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720138-89-3

Related products

This work is also available in the following products:

Parts: Merge/Emerge : for string quartet / Paul Cutlan.

Composed noise
CD: Composed noise / The NOISE string quartet.


- Browse other works for String Quartets

- Browse other works by Paul Cutlan

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Insight: Improvising and composing for The NOISE

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this item.

To post a comment please login