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Serpentine : for erhu and percussion with video and spoken poetry / Daniel Portelli.

by Daniel Portelli (2017)


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Serpentine is a multimedia piece for erhu, percussion and spoken word. It that centres around winding shapes and lines of movement such as those made by a serpent or snake. Lines in the music have a flexible identity, and manifest as asymmetrical percussive displacements, distorted grains and swarms of sound, pitch contours and energetic movements between performed actions. The video also portrays this curvature patterning through the use of a handheld camera that follows lines filmed on the side of the road. This is complemented by the story lines that emerge in Aden Rolfe's spoken poem. Collected from his work The Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, which is a poetic muse on the Australian bush. The text uses refrain and repetition to explore the potential of categorisation through the figure of the snake.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (17p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 7 mins

First performance by Claire Edwardes, Ying Liu — 20 Jul 17. ‘Poetic Energies Across Sonic Space', Playhouse, Western Sydney University, Australia

Includes performance notes.

This score is the staff notation. Videos for this piece are available from the composer's website

The video aspects of this work can be found at: on the composer's website

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720205-65-6

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