by Peter McNamara (2006)
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Duo-Charged was written as part of the composer-in-residence project the composer completed with the Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney, 2006. The version for cello and piano was completed in 2009 for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Centenary Competition, but was originally written for violin and piano.
As the title suggests, this short piece is very intense and 'charged.' This intensity mostly revolves around the very rigid rhythms of the first and last sections. The pitch material of the work is largely based on pitches found in the harmonic series with many of the piano chord shapes using equal tempered partials of the fundamentals. This is also largely the case with the Cello pitches, however there are often quartertonal glissandi used by the Cello as a 'smearing' effect.
As a contrast to the very rhythmically strict first section, the second is unmeasured and very free. Musical events in this section are outlined by an approximate length in seconds. The third and last section of the work sees a gradual return to the rigid and intense material of the first but with further development of the material and a final climax.
Duration: 5-6 min.
The composer cites the following influence on this work: Indeterminate Music
- In the form/style of: Spectral music
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