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Newid Gwyntoedd : 4 dances for violin, clarinet, piano and John Cage estate samples

by Christian O'Brien (2017)

Also known as: Changing Winds

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Performance by Plexus Ensemble from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 106.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 106.

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Work Overview

Following his death in 1992 the John Cage estate allowed the creation of sample libraries of his various prepared instruments. This particular collection of sounds was created for use in his magnum opus composition, Sonatas & Interludes (February 1946-March 1948). Using his original materials and following the precise instructions found at the head of his published score.

The pitch class collection for each of the dances comes come from the overtone series and its inversions of each of the cage estate samples featured in their respective dance. The striking sounds contain 3 sometimes four clear overtones otherwise not found in the un-prepared fundamental. This rich source of harmonic and melodic material set to traditional and 21st century dance forms.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Violin, clarinet, piano, pedal sampler (John Cage Estate Samples).

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Piano player must control pedal sampler.

Contents note: i. Trap -- ii. Waltz -- iii. Handerchief -- iv. Depart.

Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.

First performance: by Plexus Ensemble — 13 Nov 17. Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre


  • In the form/style of: Dance

Performances of this work

13 Nov 17: Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

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