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Pulse • Heart • Beat

Sheet Music: Score

Pulse • Heart • Beat : for chamber orchestra / Paul Stanhope.

by Paul Stanhope (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, contra-bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, percussion (1 player), piano, violin(s), viola(s), cello(s), double bass. (This works best with small groups of strings (e.g. 4 vlns, 3 vlas, 2 vlc) if available, but equally may be performed with single strings).
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  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Edwin Outwater from the CD Throbbing [and] Machinations


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Product details

Pulse • Heart • Beat is a short, exhuberant work for chamber orchestra or mixed instrumental ensemble that explores the notions of pulse manifesting as both pitch and rhythm.

The piece opens like a machine snorting and grunting and eventually kicking in. After the initial dark texture with machine-like low pulses and high unison lines, the piece gradually rises in register, letting in
more light through a series of process-driven episodes. Once the piece reaches its highest register, a new section begins, which sounds not dissimilar to a CD player with a skipping problem or a bass guitar riff gone mad. Here a flamboyant Jimi Hendrix inspired violin solo takes over, hurtling the piece back towards the unison texture of the opening material.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (32p. -- A3 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 mins

Includes program note.

Originally titled Throb, and later Throbbing.

Original version Throb performed by the WASO C20th ensemble performed as part of the ABC Classic FM Young Composer Award in May 1998.

Revised and retitled in 2015.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2015.

ISMN: 979-0-720162-93-5

Related products

This work is also available in the following products:

Throbbing [and] Machinations
CD: Throbbing [and] Machinations / Paul Stanhope.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Septets: Flute, 2 clarinets, piano, violin, viola, cello


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Analysis & Media

- Full Work [Audio]: Paul Stanhope's "Throbbing"

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