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There the dance is

Sheet Music: Score

There the dance is : for Taegum and wine glasses / Clare Maclean.

by Clare Maclean (2017)


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The title of this piece refers to a phrase from T.S. Elliott's 'Burnt Norton:' 'At the still point, there the dance is.' This idea has resonances in many spiritual traditions, and in this work Korean and Western traditions are drawn upon. A plainchant Sanctus (XI) forms a loose cantus firmus, and a short falling motif from the Korean Salpuri dance recurs throughout. A still point is embodied in the held notes, and as the melody weaves around them, tonal centres come in and out of focus, hinting at stillness behind the flux.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 7 min.

First performance by Hyelim Kim, Claire Edwardes at Traditional Noise & Contemporary Spirit Concert (Playhouse, University of Western Sydney, Penrith Campus) on 11 Aug 2017

Includes program note and performance notes.

There are no separate parts for this work - performers both play from the score.

The taegum part is playable by flute (changing low Bbs to Ds or Cs, or with a Bb foot joint) and the wine glasses could be substituted by violin or vibraphone (no motor, pedal down), or omitted altogether.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790720207551

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