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Shadows Hold their Breath

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Shadows Hold their Breath : for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion [eScore] / Nirmali Fenn.

by Nirmali Fenn (2022)

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  • Instrumentation: Alto flute, bass clarinet doubling on clarinet, violin, cello, percussion (marimba, ocean drum, 2 suspended cymbals, 5 thunder tubes)
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The title is from Emily Dickinson's poem There's a Slant of Light: "When it comes, the Landscape listens - Shadows - hold their breath"

In my experiments with the ensemble, fascinating, shadowy sounds frequently emerged. These shadowy sounds, especially in the percussion, define transient qualities in the music that define background textures and circulate, through the ensemble, emerging as foreground features. Another consideration that impacted on the ensemble writing was that a shadow, depending on the slant of light, may magnify or compress the shape of the original object, bringing it into prominence.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (8p. -- A3 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins, 30 sec.

Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring, Noisy Women Commission.

First performance by Ensemble Offspring at Another Future (Casula Powerhouse) on 4 Jun 2022

Includes program notes and performance directions.

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