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face of nature

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

The face of nature : for soprano and ensemble / by Elliott Gyger ; text from 'The Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin.

by Elliott Gyger (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion (1 player), harp, violin, viola, cello.


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The opening movement of The Origin Cycle, setting words from Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. When the natural world is viewed at a distance, it appears orderly, bountiful and even harmonious; but this order and balance is the composite result of countless acts of violence and destruction - like a "yielding surface, with ten thousand sharp wedges packed close together". My musical setting attempts to create an analogous musical metaphor, in a texture which appears to shift perspective between sonorous lushness and percussive, pointillist fragmentation.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 7 performance parts (60p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 mins

Commission info: Commissioned as part of The Origin Cycle

First performance by Jane Sheldon, Firebird Ensemble, Jeffrey Means — 8 Apr 09. Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge MA, USA

Includes instrumental parts only.

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