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Pied Chorale

Sheet Music: Score

Pied Chorale : for SATB divisi & piano accompaniment / May Lyon.

by May Lyon (2010)


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Pied Chorale is a work that combines my fascination with Pi and love of choral music. All the notes in Pied Chorale are derived from the mathematical constant Pi [3.1415…] and are sung consecutively up to the 195th decimal point. The digits are sung in order either between the sections of the choir, or by a single part while the rest of the choir sings through a smaller section. The aim is that all digits appear in order. Each number represents a note in the diatonic scale, with 8 and 9 doubling 1 and 2 respectively. 1 is always D, beginning in the Dorian mode.

0 is represented by a whisper, or a rest (during the canon). The word whispered is Sunya (pronounced shoon-yah), the Sanskrit word that represents zero. This word was used because Indian scholars were one of the first to use 0 in mathematics.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (22p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 6 mins, 30 sec.

First performance by Melbourne Chamber Choir, Faye Dumont at Choral@Montsalvat (Montsalvat) on 2 May 2010

Includes programme notes and performance directions.

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ISMN: 979-0-720243-75-7

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