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When We Speak

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When We Speak : for solo cello and electroacoustic track / Lisa Cheney.

by Lisa Cheney (2016)


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When We Speak for solo cello and electroacoustic track seeks to comment on broader issues surrounding gender inequality and these considerations on my compositional practice. Throughout the work the interweaving of many 'voices' is present in: my own musical language, the music and speech of respected Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, the expression of the live cellist and their own literal voice. This, at times semi-improvised cello part, weaves its way through an atmospheric soundscape challenging and questioning the role of the live musician to blend in, fight against or rise above the sound world. The accompanying recorded musical sounds are extracted from Saariaho's own compositions, with special weight placed upon manipulated excerpts from the solo cello work Sept Papillons.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (7p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — Includes improvised 'musical response' passages based on given musical material.

Duration: 12 mins, 10 sec.

Commission info: Commissioned by Samantha Wolf for the ‘This Will Be Our Reply’ 2016 International Women’s Day Concert.

First performance by Gemma Tomlinson — 6 Mar 16. Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, VIC

Includes program and performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Saariaho, gender, feminism

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2017.

ISMN: 979-0-67315-801-6

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- Resonate Article: 2018 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels

- Video: When we speak

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