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Silent Succession (trios: percussion, violin, cello with pre-recorded sound)

by Jesse Budel (2017)

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Work Overview

Ecological succession is the process of change in the species structure of an ecological community over time. Through constant changes in environmental conditions, various species vie for predominance in the landscape. In particular, large-scale events, such as earthquakes, eruptions, landslides, fires and floods, can significantly alter the course of succession in an ecosystem.

The Alaskan wilderness stands amongst some of the most unique and sublime environments in the world, with impressive mountains and glaciers situated amongst vast forests and river systems. Like many places in the contemporary world, this is not without major threats, key amongst them global climatic change, which in Alaska has wide-ranging repercussions including rapid glacial and permafrost melt, increased fire risk, and consequent widespread alterations in the region's precious flora and fauna.

Silent Succession is at heart a sincere provocation, here implying the gradually silencing of the Alaskan wilderness through the significant impacts of climate change. Starting with mountain winds, the soundscapes of glacier, river and forest follow in succession, attended by their inhabitants. With the destructive forces of fire and landslide, the landscape is left barren, with the wind intoning a subtle reminder of memories past.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Violin, cello, percussion, pre-recorded track.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Corvus Ensemble

Commission note: Written as part of the Composing In The Wilderness 2017 field seminar program in Alaska.

First performance: by Corvus Ensemble — 25 Jun 17. Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Fairbanks, Alaska


Performances of this work

25 Jun 17: Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Fairbanks, Alaska. Featuring Corvus Ensemble.

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