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Stories for ocean shells : for cello octet

by Kate Moore (2000)

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Dances and canons


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Dances and canons / Kate Moore ; Saskia Lankhoorn, piano.

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Library shelf no. CD 2577 [Not for loan]

Stories for ocean shells


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Work Overview

This piece, written for an ensemble of lower strings, was inspired by the intricate patterns of silk weaving from the hill tribes of northern Thailand and the way the patterns in the cloth are like patterns found in nature itself. Stories for Ocean Shells (2000) is built upon a recurring cyclical pattern reminiscent of a seashell spiraling around itself, progressively expanding and contracting in circular, rhythmic formations. The intricate tapestry of notes iterates the basic building blocks that form the architectural foundation reminiscent of the structure of a shell. This is outlined by the proportion of the piece, prominently marked by the progression from a dominant harmonic field to the tonic.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: 8 cellos. Can be performed with an optional solo cello.

First performance: by Kate Moore, Alex Voorhoeve, Charlotte Winslade, Frances Stevens, Rowena Higgs, Clare Kahn, Katy Norman, John Barry — 27 Apr 00. Beaver Galleries, Deakin ACT


Performances of this work

9 Mar 2019: at Stories for Ocean Shells (UKARIA Cultural Centre).

28 Jul 2018: at Stories for Ocean Shells (Point Lookout Community Hall (North Stradbroke Island)). Featuring Louise King.

28 Aug 2017: at BackStage Music - Ashley Bathgate + the music box project (Creative Space 99). Featuring Ashley Bathgate.

27 Apr 00: Beaver Galleries, Deakin ACT. Featuring Frances Stevens, Rowena Higgs, Kate Moore, Katy Norman, John Barry, Clare Kahn, Alex Voorhoeve, Charlotte Winslade.

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