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Sheet Music: Score

Strata : for octet / Robert Davidson.

by Robert Davidson (1989)

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  • Instrumentation: Saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, electronic keyboard, violin, viola, cello.
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Strata is in three movements, fast, slow and fast. Each of the movements treats music as a kind of layer cake, with several strands composed from the bass upwards (which is perhaps not surprising from a composer who is also a bass player). As the bass repeats, it is varied, turned upside down, and combined with an ever-changing array of upper parts, which intertwine with each other and engage in hockets (the word means "hiccup" and is a medieval technique by which a melody is divided between several performers to give a "hiccup" effect). In the slow movement, the harp plays constant regular pulses in cycles which shorten with each repetition, creating a gamelan-tinged texture with long meandering melodies in the winds and strings.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (22p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Some rhythmic independence

Duration: 13 min.

First performance by John Babbage, Tim Florence, Michele Adeney, Matthew Kinmont, Robert Davidson, Lynette Lancini, Kylie Davidson, Tom Adeney — 16 Nov 90. Music for the heart and mind, Stoliarsky School of Music, West End, Brisbane

Influences on this work include: postminimalism, counterpoint

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This edition produced 2010.

ISMN: 9790720220000

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