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Black Emperor : Concerto for 2 concert organs and string orchestra

by Cat Hope (2012)

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Work Overview

Black Emperor is intended for remote internet hook up, where the organs are in different locations in the world (or in the same town), as can be the sections of the string orchestra. The lag (latency) experienced with this kind of connection is an intentional part of the score, creating a fluttery, feathery effect. The work uses graphic notation that uses drone and glissandi as key elements in the work.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: String orchestra (violins, viola, celli, double basses) and 2 concert organs.   

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Graphic score

Commission note: Created for the Space Time Concerto Competition

First performance: 30 Nov 12. Newcastle Conservatorium, NSW.

This score is for musicological study. The work is read on an ipad reader. The file for this is available from the composers web site: http://www.cathope.com/black-emperor-2012.html and the score player from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/decibel-scoreplayer/id622591851?mt=8

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
graphic notation; experimental new music. Influenced by Georgy Legeti, Giacinto Scelsi, Elaine Radigue.

Winner of Peoples Choice Award, Networked Performance Category in the Space Time Concerto Competition.


Performances of this work

30 Nov 12: Newcastle Conservatorium, NSW.

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