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Peace for the society

Sheet Music: Score

Peace for the society / Haydn Reeder.

by Haydn Reeder (1972)


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The text is the result of various processes applied to the phonemes of two words meaning war, namely, bellum (Latin) and werra (old high German) and the present tense in Latin of the verb to love (amare). The process consisted of creating a continuum of phonemes and selecting from it, beginning with only soft consonants leading to a selection furthest away from the words. Gradually, except for one 'lapse', the source words are approached but never fully consummated.

The singer's part is integral to the fabric of the piece and not a solo on another level, except for some moments near the end. The two instrumental parts also contain a timbre series which consists of various colours, some of which include the use of vibrato and flutter-tongue.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Different colours and articulations require attention.

Duration: 5 min.

First performance by Jane Manning, James Watson, Anthony Halstead — 6 Oct 72. SPNM concert by the London Contemporary Chamber Plaers, Purcell Room, South Bank, London

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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