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Imagining le Verrier : cello solo

by Damien Ricketson (2001)

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Performance by Geoffrey Gartner from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 34.

Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 34.


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Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 34.

Library shelf no. CD 2472 [Available for loan]

Imagining le Verrier


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Imagining le Verrier : solo cello / Damien Ricketson.

Library shelf no. 787.4/RIC 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title Imagining le Verrier is an astronomical reference to the discovery of the planet Neptune. In 1845 the English mathematician John Couch Adams proposed the existence of an undiscovered planet beyond the orbit of Uranus. (The planet was initially named Le Verrier after his rival French discoverer.) Adam's approach was controversial at the time because he did not make his claim based upon direct observation of the physical world, but rather, he applied mathematical modeling to predict the existence of an unseen world. The application of a model to go beyond the realm of the known to discover something new is an analogy that has resonated with many composers: to journey outside the realm of intuition so as to bring about a previously unheard world. In the creation of Imagining le Verrier artificial modeling was applied to the physical actions of the player, not to conventional musical parameters such as pitch. As such, Imagining le Verrier results from the composition of movement rather than sound. Patterns of tactile motions are used to structure the movements of the two hands of the cellist. The act of composition, therefore, becomes one of generating choreographic instructions, with the instrument being the physical landscape in which these movements take place.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Cello (amplification desirable).

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Geoffrey Gartner

First performance: by Geoffrey Gartner — 4 Mar 01. Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney

Performances of this work

15 Mar 2017: at Geoffrey Gartner, solo cello (St Luke's Presbyterian Church (Roseville)). Featuring Geoffrey Gartner.

19 Jan 2017: at Alumnus Recital (Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall). Featuring Geoffrey Gartner.

4 Mar 01: Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney. Featuring Geoffrey Gartner.

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