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Billy's Swan : electroacoustic

by Paul Smith (2017)

Audio Sample

Performance by Paul Smith, Paul Smith from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 91.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 91.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 91.

Library shelf no. CD 2930 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This is an electroacoustic work sampling Tchaikovsky's main theme from Swan Lake. The first half of the piece embellishes and expands the main theme using distortion and layering the theme with bells and plucked piano strings. The second half of the piece departs from the theme as a joyous emancipation where the early bell and piano gestures are able to fully develop. The themes of the piece relate to the gay male identity and ballet, which was particularly explored in the film Billy Elliot.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Electroacoustic Composition

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

Commission note: Commissioned by animator Todd Fuller

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Sampling, Ballet, Electroacoustic, Neoromantic

First exhibited with animation, Billy's Swan, at Mayspace Gallery November 7-24, 2017

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