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Pied Chorale : for SATB divisi & piano accompaniment

by May Lyon (2010)

Pied Chorale


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Pied Chorale : for SATB divisi & piano accompaniment / May Lyon.

Library shelf no. 782.5542/LYO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Pied Chorale is a work that combines my fascination with Pi and love of choral music. All the notes in Pied Chorale are derived from the mathematical constant Pi [3.1415…] and are sung consecutively up to the 195th decimal point. The digits are sung in order either between the sections of the choir, or by a single part while the rest of the choir sings through a smaller section. The aim is that all digits appear in order. Each number represents a note in the diatonic scale, with 8 and 9 doubling 1 and 2 respectively. 1 is always D, beginning in the Dorian mode.

0 is represented by a whisper, or a rest (during the canon). The word whispered is Sunya (pronounced shoon-yah), the Sanskrit word that represents zero. This word was used because Indian scholars were one of the first to use 0 in mathematics.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: SATB divisi, piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Melbourne Chamber Choir, Faye Dumont at Choral@Montsalvat (Montsalvat) on 2 May 2010

Performances of this work

2 May 2010: at Choral@Montsalvat (Montsalvat). Featuring Melbourne Chamber Choir, Faye Dumont.

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