Strata (octets: saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, violin, viola, cello)
by Robert Davidson (1989)
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Strata is in three movements, fast, slow and fast. Each of the movements treats music as a kind of layer cake, with several strands composed from the bass upwards (which is perhaps not surprising from a composer who is also a bass player). As the bass repeats, it is varied, turned upside down, and combined with an ever-changing array of upper parts, which intertwine with each other and engage in hockets (the word means "hiccup" and is a medieval technique by which a melody is divided between several performers to give a "hiccup" effect). In the slow movement, the harp plays constant regular pulses in cycles which shorten with each repetition, creating a gamelan-tinged texture with long meandering melodies in the winds and strings.
Instrumentation: Saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, electronic keyboard, violin, viola, cello.
Duration: 13 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Some rhythmic independence
First performance: by John Babbage, Tim Florence, Michele Adeney, Matthew Kinmont, Robert Davidson, Lynette Lancini, Kylie Davidson, Tom Adeney — 16 Nov 90. Music for the heart and mind, Stoliarsky School of Music, West End, Brisbane
Influences on this work include: postminimalism, counterpoint
Performances of this work
6 Jan 19: Göteborgs Konserthus, Sweden. Featuring Gothenburg Symphony.
1997: St Mary's Catholic Church, Brisbane. Featuring Topology.
16 Nov 90: Music for the heart and mind, Stoliarsky School of Music, West End, Brisbane. Featuring Tim Florence, Michele Adeney, Matthew Kinmont, John Babbage, Lynette Lancini, Kylie Davidson, Tom Adeney, Robert Davidson.
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