Kōan I : for flute, clarinet, violin and cello
by James Cuddeford (2010)
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Library shelf no. 785.4414/CUD 1 [Available for loan]
A kōan is a paradoxical statement or ambiguous riddle used by some Zen practitioners to aid meditation and bypass normal intellectual thought processes. My series of works with this title are reflections upon self-constructed, enigmatic, musical kōans that provide stimulus in the compositional process. Kōan I is composed, like most of my music, on spiralling rows of harmonics. It reflects upon, perhaps unattainable, kōans regarding the search for purity of intonation and sustainability of phrasing.
Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello.
Duration: 9 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.
First performance: by Ensemble Offspring — 27 Aug 10. Soundstream New Music Festival, ABC Studios, Adelaide
Performances of this work
27 Aug 10: Soundstream New Music Festival, ABC Studios, Adelaide. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.
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