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Eleventh Hour

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

The Eleventh Hour : a suite in four movements for bass clarinet, string quartet and double bass, commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I [eScore] / Paul Cutlan.

by Paul Cutlan (2018)

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  • Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, string quartet, double bass.Requires skills in improvisation.
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    Performance by Paul Cutlan String Project from the CD Living

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The Eleventh Hour was written in the centenary of the end of the First World War. It is a personal, philosophical reflection on human-kind's predilection to fall into the pattern of war and destruction. It wasn't intended that the music graphically depicts anything. However, now that the piece is finished, this is my reaction to its narrative: 'Prelude' is intended as a cross between a prayer or plea for peace and a sorrowful acknowledgement of the fallibility of human nature. 'Portent and Intransigence' paint a picture of the mounting inevitability of war, while 'Conflict' progresses from the disciplined energy of armies of combatants marching willingly against each other, to the reality of chaos and destruction. 'Desolation' follows a long journey of suffering, enervation and human frailty, with the final chords offering solace and peace.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (58p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — Interpretation; improvisation

Duration: 32 min.

Contents note:

I. Prelude -- II. Portent/Intransigence -- III. Conflict -- IV. Desolation/Deliverance.

First performance by Paul Cutlan, Liisa Palandi, Lachlan O’Donnell, James Eccles, Oliver Miller, Brett Hirst — 21 Jul 18. The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney

Includes performance notes.

For performance purposes, performers are encouraged to each perform from this digital copy of the full score.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Benjamin Britten (War Requiem), Krzysztof Penderecki (Threnody), free jazz, Cristóbal de Morales (Officium Defunctorum), textural improvisation, Anthony Braxton, Eric Dolphy, Dave Holland.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Feb 20.

Analysis & Media

- Video: The Eleventh Hour


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