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Not By Halves

Sheet Music: Score

Not By Halves : for four sustaining instruments / Damien Ricketson.

by Damien Ricketson (2015)


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Not by Halves continues my interest in the 'open-form' in music. That is, music in which there is no single version, but rather a deliberate multitude of possible versions. In the tradition of John Zorn's 'game pieces', Not by Halves is a text-based work: a set of rules that governs the way in which performers cooperate without specifying exactly how they should sound. Scored for any quartet of homogenous instruments and looking more like a flowchart than a traditional score, the game plays out in two halves (plus a half-time intermezzo), whereby the musicians try to halve prevailing musical structures such as pitch and rhythm that in turn triggers chains of interactions and musical patterns.

-- Damien Ricketson

Published by: Curious Noise — 1 score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 7 min.

Commission info: Commissioned by Musify+Gamify

First performance by Ensemble Offspring at Musify Gamify: Concert 1 (Seymour Centre) on 29 May 2015

Score consists of program note, instructions and explanation of the set of rules.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Open score, game-piece, John Zorn

Flexible duration 6-10 mins.

ISMN: 9790 720068305

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