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Night alchemy

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Night alchemy : for chamber ensemble / Christine McCombe.

by Christine McCombe (2001)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute/piccolo, clarinet in B flat/bass clarinet in B flat, 2 violins, viola, cello.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Australia Ensemble from the CD Australians at the Paris Rostrum.


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As the title Night Alchemy suggests, I wanted to explore the idea of transformation; the undefinable transition between wakefulness and sleep and the strange blurring of boundaries that occurs within our dreaming, in which things are never really what they seem. Night Alchemy takes as its starting point the different types of brain activity within an average eight hour period of sleep. I devised a proportional structure based on an average sleep cycle which switches between phases of deep, slowwave sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The resulting proportional structure forms the basis for the overall shape of Night Alchemy, as well as providing material for smaller scale details of the work - creating cycles within cycles, recurring rhythmic patterns and even the pitches used.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 6 performance parts (54p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 16 mins

Commissioned by Australia Ensemble.

First performance by Australia Ensemble — 8 Sep 01. Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Sent as one of the ABC's entries to the Paris Rostrum in 2002.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2017.

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Score: Night alchemy : for chamber ensemble / Christine McCombe.

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