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Spinning forth

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Spinning forth : suite for viola da gamba and harpsichord / Paul Cutlan.

by Paul Cutlan (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: Viola da gamba, harpsichord, preferably with 2 manuals: 2 sets of 8 foot strings and 1 set of 4 foot strings.
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    Performance by Jennifer Eriksson, Ray Harvey from the CD Spinning forth


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The impetus to write this suite for viola da gamba and harpsichord came from a feeling that Baroque music and jazz improvisation share a tendency for the melodic line to be created by a process of forward motion, in which the shape of what has just been played suggests what comes next. It's a sort of 'follow your nose' method, that contrasts with principles of motivic development and balanced melodic phrasing. Melodic and harmonic development are both suggested by the organic unfurling of the line. I wanted to use my experience as an improvising musician to create a work alluding to Baroque textures and forms.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (31p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Some rhythmic complexity, extensive multiple stopping writing for the gamba

Duration: 15 mins

Contents note:

I. Prelude -- II. With Rustic Energy -- III. Sarabande -- IV. Gigue -- Sarabande solo Gamba version.

Dedicated to Jennifer Eriksson, Philip Pogson

Commissioned by Jennifer Eriksson, Philip Pogson.

First performance by Jennifer Eriksson, Ray Harvey — 26 Oct 14. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Includes programme note.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Neo-Baroque, Minimilism, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bach, Jazz, Dance Suite, Tonality, Folk.

The suite has purposely been written so that any single movement or conbination of movements
can be chosen for any given performance. A solo gamba option is given for the third movement.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720150-95-6

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CD: Spinning forth / The Marais Project.


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