Encryption II : for oboe and percussion ensemble
by Alan Lawrence (2001)
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Library shelf no. Q 785.5615/LAW 1 [Available for loan]
This piece is the second of a series carrying the title
'Encryption'. These pieces are not intended to be performed
together - each is a complete entity unto itself and shares no
instrumentation with others in the series. Encryption I is for
solo flute and Encryption III is for solo piano. (Others are
planned for the future.) What they have in common is a shared
compositional technique and that's where the encryption comes
In each piece the instrument names are encrypted as musical pitches and (by a slightly more arcane process) as rhythmic patterns and these provide the motivic basis of the work. Therefore the identity of the performing instrument provides - in cypher - the musical material of the whole piece.
In the case of Encryption II the oboe and the four keyboard percussion instruments lend their names to the encryption process and therefore to the fabric of the piece. A process takes place whereby each of these 'identities' is extended into a fuller musical statement after which the four percussion themes coalesce into a single indentity, reducing the total thematic content to just two threads; i.e. oboe and percussion. Then the process is repeated as these two become one and the piece concludes in unity.
Alan Lawrence - June 2003
Instrumentation: Oboe, percussion (4 players).
Duration: 15 min.
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