Sound crossing : for three brass players
by Elliott Gyger (1999)
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Library shelf no. CD 1522 [Available for loan]
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I - Triple Fanfare
II - Scherzo with Distractions
III - Elegy
IV - Signals with Echo
V - Double Passacaglia
Sound Crossing was written for the inaugural Crosssound new music festival, held in Juneau, Alaska in July 1999. It takes the form of a set of five short pieces, designed to be performable either as a continuous suite, or broken up across a concert program to provide a "frame" for other music. The exact grammatical relationship between the two words in the title is deliberately ambiguous. However, the connotations are hopefully fairly clear: sound moving from one place to another, or different sounds being juxtaposed and mixed.
The basic musical materials are kept fairly simple, in order to throw greater emphasis on contrast and interaction. Sometimes two or three layers of music are combined, either running simultaneously (e.g. in parts of the first piece, Triple Fanfare) or "cross-cut" as in a movie (e.g. in Scherzo with Distractions). Elsewhere, a single line of music will be broken up among different instruments: this is particularly important in Signals with Echo, where the horn's solo is gradually taken over by the trumpet and euphonium. Both techniques are prominent in the final movement, in which two passacaglia themes, of different lengths and in different meters, are introduced separately and then superimposed. All these elements are underscored and dramatized through the physical positioning of the players, which is different for each movement.
Instrumentation: Trumpet in C, horn in F, euphonium.
Duration: 15 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Amateur.
Contents note: I. Triple fanfare -- II. Scherzo with distractions -- III. Elegy -- IV. Signals with echo -- V. Double passacaglia.
Commission note: Commissioned for CrossSound Festival.
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