her sparkling flesh in a saecular ecstasy : for flute/alto flute, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet in Bb, contrabass tuba in C and percussion
by Luke Paulding (2009)
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Performance by Quiver New Music Ensemble, Peter Neville from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 39.
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her sparkling flesh in a saecular ecstasy : for flute/alto flute, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet in Bb, contrabass tuba in C and percussion / Luke Paulding.
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"[her sparkling flesh in a saecular ecstasy] combined juxtaposition and superimposition of timbres in graceful sound poetry… the point of the work was not to find sonic analogues, but neighbouring sounds that lead the ear along the curves of a sonic sculpture: to be precise, the sonic sculpture that Paulding draws from Richard Wilbur's poem 'A Baroque Wall Fountain in the Villa Sciarra.' The largely impressionist sonic palette flows and splashes like Wilbur's fountain: cymbal crashes and an arcing ejaculation from the clarinet release the cascade that rushes through rattling skewers and strikes of the double bass bow on the strings ("flatteries of spray"), shimmering woodwinds ("a clambering mesh of water-lights") and a truly incontinent "ragged, loose collapse of water" played by all. The work concludes much as it begins, with the somehow obscene burbling of a clarinet mouthpiece in a glass of water."
Matthew Lorenzon [Realtime Arts Magazine]
Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet in Bb, contrabass tuba (in C), percussion.(alternative version exists with double-bass instead of tuba).
Duration: 9 min.
Written for: Quiver New Music Ensemble
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
Performances of this work
24 Jan 2014: at Homophonic! (La Mama Courthouse).
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