Native Language : for kalimba and tárogató
by Christina Green (2017)
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Library shelf no. 785.5612/GRE 1 [Available for loan]
Native Language was composed for kalimba and tárogató, but is open to performance on a range of instrument combinations. The initial idea for the piece came from a Deep Listening Piece of experimental composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) - A Series of Mini Pieces (1992). One of the instructions in this piece is: 'Always speak your native language (determine what that is)'. I employed a familiar kalimba tuning as the 'native language'. The piece goes through various feels and sections, exploring a range of tonal areas available on the kalimba in this tuning.
Instrumentation: Kalimba (could be substituted with marimba or vibraphone), tárogató (could be substituted with violin, alto sax or cor anglais).
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — The difficulty in this piece lies in the rhythmic coordination between the players.
Dedication note: Originally conceived as a piece for UK musician and friend Elie Fruchter, who was learning the tárogató
Written for: Elie Fruchter
First performance: by Christina Green — 23 Jan 19. Melbourne Composers’ League’s Elbow Room Festival, St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Richmond, VIC
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Tonal, contrapuntal style with a look back to the contrapuntal style of the two-part inventions of J. S. Bach, with a different harmonic palette.
Performances of this work
23 Jan 19: Melbourne Composers’ League’s Elbow Room Festival, St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Richmond, VIC. Featuring Christina Green.
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