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Precambrian : cello duet

by Anthony Lyons (2010)



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Precambrian : for cello duo / Anthony Lyons.

Library shelf no. 785.7412/LYO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title and broad inspiration for the work are taken from the name Precambrian which is a term that is sometimes used to describe the period of Earth's history from the origin of the planet until about 540 million years ago - a period that represents nearly ninety percent of geological time. The oldest known Precambrian rocks have been dated to about 3,800 million years old, and the earliest living organisms date from the latter part of the eon.

Although the work doesn't attempt to be strictly programmatic, the name Precambrian did inspire a number of musical impressions, textures, colours and contrasting energies that might be possible with two cellos. The work is in five movements with frequent shifts in register and contrasts between rhythmic and slower sustained sounds. Textural, angular and dissonant at times, there are calm and lyrical moments of repose in the music also.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Cello duo.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Alister Barker, Ong Chien-Hsiu — 21 Oct 10. Live-to-air broadcast concert on Melbourne radio station 3MBS

Performances of this work

21 Oct 10: Live-to-air broadcast concert on Melbourne radio station 3MBS. Featuring Alister Barker, Ong Chien-Hsiu .

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