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ChIMPS No. 1 : cello solo

by Andrew Harrison (1998)

Hugh Livingston, cello.


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Hugh Livingston, cello.

Library shelf no. CD 652 [Available for loan]

Chimps no. 1


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Chimps no. 1 : for solo cello improviser / Andrew Harrison.

Library shelf no. Q 787.4/HAR 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

ChIMPS No. 1 was born out of my ongoing interest in the intersection between composition and improvisation. After employing aspects of improvisation within larger notated sections in my earlier works, I wanted to go a step further in ChIMPS No 1 by giving improvisers a system that allowed them to successfully construct a performance, without taking away all control from the composer.

The piece utilises a graphic notational system built upon the concept of 'significance'. This requires the performer to determine whether an action or consequence is deemed to be significant at any given moment, and within the larger context of the piece. These actions are related to a number of musical factors; dynamics, timbre, rhythm, pitch and intervals, note duration and timbre. Each of these factors has been codified within the notational system, and the application of the system is outlined in detail in the performance notes.

ChIMPS No. 1 was composed under the guidance of Professor George E. Lewis, whilst I was undertaking postgraduate work at UCSD in San Diego, California. It is rightfully dedicated to him

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Cello.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — The piece employs a system of graphic notation that guides and directs the performance process

Dedication note: Dedicated to Professor George E. Lewis

First performance: by Hugh Livingston — 13 Feb 98. University of San Diego, California, USA


Performances of this work

23 Sep 98: ABC Studios, Sydney Australia. Featuring Roger Dean.

13 Feb 98: University of San Diego, California, USA. Featuring Hugh Livingston.

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