Clip : percussion
by Elena Kats-Chernin (1994)
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In writing my first solo percussion pieces I was faced with three
choosing the colours, rhythms and pitches, organising these elements, and achieving the greatest possible clarity. For they rhythms I chose a dance in 6/8 (a tribute to Sicialiano in Lachenmann's Tanzsuite; for the colours I chose a very limited instrumentation which nevertherless allows fir varuious degrees of contrast and
as far as pitch is concerned, I preferred very low sounds (timpani) and etremely high ones (crotales), this having a certain dramatic purpose; when the crotales enter, their material is almost 12-tone.
To my surprize, one of the instruments I selected was the vibraphone. I remember saying during my first meeting with Daryl Pratt that I felt allergic towards this instrument; he replied that for hi it was a very special instrument, and later proved this in an extraordinary session that changed my whole attitude to its SOUND WORLD. To be sure this is no vibraphone solo, but the instrument plays a central role in CLIP.
Instrumentation: Vibraphone, octave crotales, 5 temple blocks, Latin cowbell, Guiro, 32" timpani, 26" timpani, 1 pair claves, 1 med. yarn vibes mallet, 4 plastic mallets, 2 timpani beaters, 2 finger cymbals, 2 paddle castagnettes, 1 double bass bow.
Duration: 10 min.
First performance: by Daryl Pratt — 2 Oct 94. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo, Sydney
Performances of this work
2 Oct 94: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo, Sydney. Featuring Daryl Pratt.
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