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End of Torpor

Sheet Music: Score

The End of Torpor : for flute and cello / Jennifer Hankin.

by Jennifer Hankin (2021)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute, cello.
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    Performance by Jennifer Hankin, Naomi Dart from the CD End of Torpor


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There are many time signature and rhythmic changes in this piece. If you've not played music like this before, sometimes beginning the learning process can be intimidating. I promise, it's easier than it looks! In this context, time signatures and beaming communicate extra details about how phrases are structured. To avoid mathematic overwhelm, you'll want to find where the rhythmic and melodic motifs repeat and use this to build out your understanding of the micro and macro structures. Identifying where the material repeats will assist in ease of study. Lastly, at it's core, this piece is folk music. Feel free to change phrases, dynamics and add ornamentation as you deem necessary!

The End of Torpor is a poignant flute and cello duet composed by disabled musician, The Emerald Ruby. Its wildly successful crowdfunding campaign empowered Jen to fund the recording of the piece, with cellist Naomi Dart and Videographer Midnight Crush Films, whilst ensuring fair compensation for all involved. Filmed outdoors on Awabakal land, this recording echoes the nature amongst which it was performed. Torpor is defined as the physiological changes an animal undergoes as they enter a state of hibernation. "Although I am human, every year as the sun sets earlier and the temperature cools, I experience torpor," said Jen. "This mental and physical shift marks my yearly unavoidable transition into a state of Seasonal Affective Disorder. As Winter turns to Spring, I exit this state of depression, emerging from a type of hibernation. This piece was composed in the July/August period of 2021, Winter into Spring, musically capturing the end of torpor."

Huge Thankyou to all my Pozible Supporters for fully funding this project: James Ferguson, Julia J, Alana, Holly Woodward, Julie Hankin, David Hankin, Henry Manuell, Anne Butler, Derek Moo, Meredith Allan, Natasha E, Joseph Matthews, El Gibbs, Rhonda Jacobs, Alex Jacobs, Daryl Kirkness, Rosalie Bourne, Teresa Stephens, Diane Gardiner, Louise Sawilejskij, Caroline Cherry, Danielle Edwards, Madelaine McNeill, Michael, Crystal Jenkin, Chezarne Cuffe, Natalie Grogan, Chris Higgins, Ella Kay-Butterworth, Cameron Jones, Paul Cutlan, Anna Purna, Charlie Margin, Nicholas Scott, Gemma Smart, Christian Rizzalli, Tina Marsden, Brittany Ramage.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (12p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Tonally and Rhythmically complex. Flute range C4 - D6. Cello range C2 - D5

Duration: 4 min.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in regards to this work:
Themes/subjects: Disability, mental health, Identity, Influences: Minimalism, Folk Music, Celtic Folk Music, Irish Folk Music, Jazz, Manouche Jazz,

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67315-912-9

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