The Clash of Icicles against the Stars : for accordion, flute and sheng
by Nirmali Fenn (2012)
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The premise underlying The Clash of Icicles Against the Stars is the Chinese concept of Qi. Qi means breath, air, or gas, and can be described as an energy-flow that provides the fundamental element of existence in life.
The piece explores the various 'air chambers' of each instrument, with the accordion compressing and expanding its chamber to manufacture sound, while the sheng, the oldest wind instrument in China and the ancestor of the accordion, uses reed vibration in contrast to the reedless flute, whose embouchure opening provides the basis for timbral experimentation.
Instrumentation: Sheng, accordion, flute.
Duration: 12 min.
- Inspired by: Chinese culture
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