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Septimus tunes the pipes

Sheet Music: Score

Septimus tunes the pipes : pipe organ & two bass instruments / Ron Nagorcka.

by Ron Nagorcka (2016)


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A data CD of audio samples for MIDI controller keyboard is available from the AMC.

I have been experimenting for some time with ways to write music which explores harmonies based on the 7th harmonic (using the so-called septimal intervals.) There are no septimal intervals on a normal (equally tempered) keyboard so this piece (as well as Tasmanian Sonatas 6 & 7) requires the retuning of 4 octaves of one 8 ft. rank of organ pipes. This peculiar tuning means that the composer's options are limited to certain harmonies, but these are fascinating enough to have inspired several compositions. As this piece does not use the organ pedal board, it could also be played on a correctly tuned electronic keyboard.

The Tasmanian Sonatas are in response to a request by David Scott Hamnes to provide music for him to record on various fine old pipe organs in Northern Tasmania.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (14p. -- B4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — Bass instruments required to play just intonation using unfamiliar notation. 7/4 time.

Duration: 3 min.

Includes score for organ and two bass instruments, and score for organ and MIDI controller keyboard.

The composer notes:
This microtonal music uses an ingenious notation for just intonation developed in California by Marc Sabat and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. There are several pieces on my CD Song of the Central Tree which explore similar themes.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 31 May 17.

ISMN: 979-0-720173-70-2

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