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Smell of the Earth : for percussion quartet

by Tristan Coelho (2016)

Work Overview

In writing this piece I aimed to capture a certain rawness of sound, something earthy, unrefined, elemental - a basic, primitive style of music. I wanted to find instruments that could in some way pay tribute to the products of earth and decided to make the collecting of these instruments a part of the creative process. After a lengthy time auditioning various found instruments, I was able to assemble some of these sounds which are derived from the materials clay, metal, china and glass.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Percussion: 4 players, each using identical sets of found instruments.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Canberra International Music Festival.

First performance: by Tambuco Percussion Ensemble — 2 May 16. Canberra International Music Festival, National Portrait Gallery

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Soundscape, improvisation, found instruments.


Performances of this work

2 May 16: Canberra International Music Festival, National Portrait Gallery. Featuring Tambuco Percussion Ensemble.

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