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Rustling the Deities

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score & Part(s)

Rustling the Deities : for B flat clarinet and pianoforte [eScore] / by Nicholas Vines.

by Nicholas Vines (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Bb clarinet, piano.
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    Performance by Jason Noble, Scott Davie from the CD Chi's cakewalk


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Rustling the Deities is inspired by the rhyton, a stylized, often highly ornate vessel of the ancient world- typically Persian or Greek- from which fluid was drunk or poured as part of some ceremony. At times crafted in the shape of animal heads, it could embody anything ranging from benign sheep to the mythological griffin.

The four musical decanters of Rustling the Deities, while similarly representative, have a somewhat different take. Rather than graphic mimicry, they draw from the strong lines, bold filigree and vivid depictions characteristic of their concrete cousins to create a collection of strange, fantastical and purely sonic creatures of their own.

The work as a whole has clear, orthodox structures, from the traditional four-movement arc down to easily recognizable repetition of licks. It is hoped this straightforwardness, in paradoxical collusion with Rustling the Deities' outlandish fauna, might tap into a singular power of rhyta: to take run-of-the-mill subjects and imbue them with mythic qualities which transcend any sense of domesticity, sentimentality or caricature.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score 46p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (20p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Advanced secondary/ undergraduate level; suitable for HSC performance

Duration: 18 min.

Contents note:

I. Andante Moderato; Allegretto -- II. Lento; Piu Mosso -- III. Adagietto; Allegretto -- IV. Moderato; Allegretto; Allegro; Vivacissimo.

Commission info: Commissioned by Douglas Boyce & counter)induction

First performance by counter)induction (Musical group) — 31 May 13. Tenri Institute, New York USA

Includes programme notes.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 27 Mar 14.

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