Ludus ex nominum (quintets: flute, oboe, trombone, piano, percussion)
by Bozidar Kos (1989)
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Ludus ex nominum (The Game of Names) 1989/revised 1994 is based on the names of the five members of the now defunct Pipeline Ensemble, who commissioned the work.
The main rhythmic structures of the work are derived directly from the names Simone, Daryl, Mardi, Geoff, and Michael in two ways. Firstly, the individual names are expressed in the international Morse code with semiquaver representing the short and a quaver the long duration. Individual letters of each name are thus transformed into distinct rhythmic cells. Secondly, some of the durational proportions, used in the work, are derived from the specific ordering of the letters of the alphabet. The actual rhythms (based on rhythmic cells) and the durational proportions are then subjected to various transformations during the process of composition.
The piece consists of 14 sections, characterised by their specific textures, yet, many of the sections are closely related to each other. The long sustained durations of sections one, four, and fourteen are also articulating melodic segments derived from the names of Simone and Daryl, the two foundation members of Pipeline.
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, trombone, percussion, piano.
Duration: 15 min.
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